Ice FunFest

The Tribune-Democrat’s Ice FunFest Johnstown 2019 will be held Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park in downtown Johnstown. The event will feature ice sculptures, carving demonstrations, live music, food and much more.

Cool cause

The Tribune-Democrat’s Ice FunFest Johnstown 2019 will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.

The event will feature ice sculptures and ice-carving demonstrations, live music, food vendors, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a magician and children’s activities.

Ice sculptures will be provided by DiMartino Ice Co. of Jeannette, Westmoreland County.

Ice-carving demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

Proceeds benefit the Newspapers in Education program.

Admission: Free.


School performances

The following plays or musicals will be performed on area high school stages:

• Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the cafetorium, 728 Benjamin Franklin Highway, Ebensburg.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

• Northern Bedford High School will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 7 p.m. Thursday through March 16 in the auditorium, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg.

Tickets are $8 by calling 814-766-4710.

• Rockwood Area High School will present “The Magic of Broadway” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, 437 Somerset Ave., Rockwood.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. 

Let’s paint

Mesaros Arts & Entertainment will host a Watercolor Painting and Mixed Media Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The sessions will feature mixed media techniques with basic watercolor painting. 

There will be some pre-drawn sketches and photos to paint or you can choose to bring and create your own. 

Mixed media techniques will include combination of watercolor, Sharpie, colored pencils, pastels and decoupage.

Cost is $40 per session and includes supplies, snacks and refreshments.


Laugh out loud

Comedy Night @ the Station featuring Slapstick Entertainment will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Richland at Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1321 Scalp Ave., Johnstown.

Ethan Herschenfeld will emcee the evening, Buddy Harris is the feature and Brad Lowery is the headliner.

Cost is $15 per person.

Information: 814-266-4331, ext. 314. 

Sweet treats

The fourth annual Maple Weekend Taste and Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sechler Sugar Shack, 7758 Kingwood Road, Confluence.

The event will feature owners of maple farms and camps throughout Somerset County who will be on hand to talk about all things maple.

Attendees will be able to sample maple products, take a tour and learn about the maple syrup production process.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-395-3200. 

All things chocolate

ChocolateFEST will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The event will include a catered lunch by Lambcakes, a jewelry-making station, chocolate contest, chocolate auction, a variety of vendors, a 50/50, raffle giveaway and the jewelry and hair fashion show – Be Beautiful, Be You – presented by Mesa Jewelry and The Vault Salon.

Tickets: $25 for members and $30 for general public.

Information: 814-255-6515 or

Talent night

An open mic night will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Off Pitt Street Theater Co., 110 W. Pitt St., Bedford.

The event will feature musicians, bands, spoken-word artists, poets and storytellers.

Performers can choose a time-slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is $5.

Information: 814-310-1987. 

African-American composers

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will present “Hidden Gems: Orchestral Music of Black Composers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

The program will feature works by Joseph Bologne, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, Florence, Price, Jessie Montgomery, Rosephanye Powell and Moses Hogan and Johnstown Symphony Chorus’ director Jeffrey Webb.

Tickets: $40 for regular and $45 for premium.

Information: 814-269-7200 or

Benefit party

Camp PARC will hold a basket party Sunday at John Bracken Hall of the Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1942 Kring St., Tire Hill.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. 

Drawings begin at 2.

The basket party features more than 200 baskets filled with items from individuals, area businesses and Camp PARC.

Admission is $10, and includes 25 tickets and a light lunch.

Additional tickets can be purchased.


Sidesplitting musical

The comedy “Church Basement Ladies – Rise Up O Men” will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

As the church prepares for participation in the town’s

1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their comings and goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve.

Tickets: $35 for premium and  $31 for regular.

Information: 814-269-7200 or

Country performance

Country music singer/songwriter Cole Swindell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Swindell, a platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking 11-time No. 1 singer/songwriter, has racked up a record-breaking eight No. 1 singles, and is the only solo artist in the history of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the charts with his first seven singles.

Cresson native and NBC’s “The Voice” finalist Josh Gallagher will open the show.

Ticket prices start at $45.

Information: 814-536-5156 or

Classes in session

• Gentle Yoga with Rachel Allen will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through March at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Yoga with Adriann White will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays through March.

Belly dancing classes are offered at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through March.

Supported stretch and balance class will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Fridays through March.

• Yoga classes will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 814-255-6515.

• Free Tai Chi for Arthritis and Qi Gong beginners class with Gary Johnson will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Johnstown Senior Center, 500 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The class is for any age, gender and physical condition, and is helpful for balance, flexibility, calmness and fall prevention.

Information: 814-242-4035.

Holocaust exhibition

The tour exhibit “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” will be on display through April 27 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder and genocide.

Admission is free every Saturday during the exhibition. 

Information: 814-539-1889 or

Family craftsmen

“Dual Flux,” an exhibition of artwork by Roly Boni and Geno Boni will be on display through March 29 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The exhibit features a collection of functional pottery by a father and son duo.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-255-6515 or

Student masterpieces

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is continuing its tradition of celebrating area youth with “Artists of the 21st Century,” the museum’s annual student exhibition.

This year 260 student-created works will be exhibited through March 23 at SAMA-Loretto on the St. Francis University campus, 112 Franciscan Way, and through April 21 at SAMA-Ligonier Valley, 1 Boucher Lane.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-472-3920 or

Magic realist

“Theaters of Imagination: The Early Works of Colleen Browning” will be on display through March 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 40 works from SAMA’s permanent collection and includes drawings, paintings and watercolors.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-269-7234 or

Multi-media collection

The “Shirley Gaynor Permanent Collection” will be on display indefinitely in the Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s Log House Gallery, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

It features a multi-media collection of watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, pen and ink drawings, colored pencil and graphite drawings.

Cost: Free.

Information: 814-255-6515 or visit

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