Children's Book Festival of Johnstown

The 11th annual Children's Book Festival of Johnstown will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. This year's headliner will be Sherri Duskey Rinker (center), New York Times best-selling author of "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" series. Others to be featured are (from left) authors Tom Watson and Barry Louis Polisar and illustrator Joe Wos.

Let’s read

The 11th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The two-day festival, sponsored by The Learning Lamp, is geared toward children in prekindergarten through sixth grade.

Admission to the festival is free.

Information: 814-262-0732 or www.thelearninglamp.org.

Shakespeare classic

The Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus in Richland Township.

The production features Bella, a 4-year-old female Australian cattle dog and blue heeler mix, who is available for adoption at the Humane Society of Cambria County.

Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for seniors.

Information: www.upjarts.org.

Sweet times

The 72nd annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival will be held through Sunday at sites throughout Meyersdale and Maple Festival Park along Meyers Avenue.

The festival will open each day at 8 a.m. at the Lions Club pancake house.

Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Information: www.pamaplefestival.com.

Movie night

Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership will host screenings of “Casablanca” at 7 p.m. Friday, “Chariots of Fire” at 7 p.m. Saturday and Disney’s “Cars” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 336 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at www.statetheaterrevival.eventbrite.com.

Doll party

An American Girl Family-A-Fair, hosted by Community Arts Center of Cambria County, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont.

Cost is $40 for an adult and child, $26 for an additional adult and $16 for an additional child.

Information: 814-255-6515 or www.cacc.org.

School performances

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

• Bishop McCort Catholic High School will present “Oklahoma” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 and 13 in the Guzzi Performing Arts Center, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Information: 814-536-8991.

• Cambria County Christian School will present “Murder with Grace” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pike Grace Family Center, 541 Pike Road, Johns-town.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 6 through 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Information: 814-749-7406.

• Central Cambria High School will present “The Last Day of School” at 7 p.m. Thursday and April 12 in the auditorium, 204 Schoolhouse Road, Ebensburg.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

• Johnstown Christian School will present “James and the Giant Peach” at 7 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. dinner theater April 12 and 2 p.m. April 13 in the gymnasium, 125 Christian School Road, Hollsopple.

Tickets are $7 for the show only, $15 for dinner theater and $4 for children.

Information: 814-288-2588.

• Ligonier Valley High School will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, 40 Springer Road, Ligonier.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children 5 and younger.

• Penn Cambria High School will present “Spamalot” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14 in the auditorium, 401 Linden Ave., Cresson.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.

Holocaust presentation

Warren Rosenblum will present “From the Age of Good Intentions to Programs of Mass Destruction: The ‘Feeble-Minded’ in Modern Germany” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Rosenblum will explore how persons with disabilities were stripped of their status as German citizens, laying the groundwork for mass murder under Hitler.

The presentation is being held in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” which is on display at the Heritage Discovery Center.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-539-1889 or www.jaha.org.

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, comedians, poets and storytellers.

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

Admission is $5.

Information: 814-310-1987.

Choral music

Brass Roots Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Johnstown Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

The trio not only thrills its audiences with instrumental virtuosity, but also offers the bonus of a skilled operatic tenor.

Tickets: $15 each or two for $25 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

Information: www.johnstownmusic.org.

Performance venue

That Oldies Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The band specializes in oldies music from the ’50s and ’60s.

Admission: $8 for VIP members, $10 for general admission.

Information: 814-410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.

Easter program

The Art of Pysanky Eggs will be presented from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Antiochian Village, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar.

Artist Marilan Caito will conduct the pysanky egg-making demonstration.

Cost is $8 for Westmoreland County Historical Society members and $10 for the general public.

Registration is required by calling 724-532-1935. 

Lunch recital

Vox Nova, a choral ensemble from Mount Aloysius College, will perform at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

The ensemble will present “Timeless Love,” a program of love songs from various points in history.

A light lunch will follow.

An offering will be taken.

Information: 814-536-7521.

Crochet meeting

The Highland Hookers Crochet Group will meet from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Information: 814-266-5610.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.