Area Christians gather for Good Friday cross walks

Some area Christians will observe Good Friday by participating in cross walks. Last year, members of the Forest Hills Ministerium carried a cross in St. Michael. Similar observances that commemorate Good Friday and Christ's crucifixion and death at Calvary will be held throughout the region.

Cross walks

Some area Christians will commemorate Good Friday by participating in cross walks throughout the region:

• Forest Hills Ministerium’s cross walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Sidman United Methodist Church, 1108 Mill Road. The walk will end at First United Methodist Church, 500 Maple St., South Fork.

• East End Ministerium’s procession of the cross will begin at noon at Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Dale Borough, and end at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.

• Portage Ministerial Association’s procession of the cross will begin at noon at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 509 Caldwell Ave., Portage, and conclude on the lawn of Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home, 532 Main St., Portage.

Good Friday concert

The Greater Johnstown Diocesan Festival Choir will present “Tenebrae: A Cantata in Shadows” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, 117 Clinton St., downtown Johnstown.

There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be accepted.

Greenhouse learning

Garden Club of Johnstown will hold a seminar/workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy, 80 Hickory St. in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown.

Part one will be Kokedama – Japanese bonsai plant wrapped in mulch and moss.

Part two will be Creating a Live Arrangement/Centerpiece – using oasis and other materials.

Cost is $20.

To register, call 814-266-7891 or online at www.sandyvalememorialgardens.org, click on “Greenhouse” and then “Educational Seminars.

Earthy activities

Earth Day with Dr. Matt will be held at noon Saturday at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Participants will learn about the anatomy of plants as well as pollution and the benefits of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Children will make a newspaper pot for their bean plant. 

Cost is $3.

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

Historic learning

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will host a Friends-Raising meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the visitor center, 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin.

Park Superintendent Stephen Clark and other staff will share what is going on this year at the site and explore the idea of forming a Friends group.

The meeting is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Performance venue

The Don Aliquo Quartet with Frank Filia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Admission is $8 for VIP members and $10 for general admission.

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

Lunch recital

Harriett Miller will perform a piano recital at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

She will perform classics, a tango and jazz.

A light lunch will follow.

An offering will be taken.

Information: 814-536-7521.

Christian music

The Boswell Area Churches’ street fair committee will host the Allan Scott Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at North Star High School, 400 Ohio St., Boswell.

The band will perform songs of hope and faith.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

Information: 412-610-4798.

Bop to pop

The Doo-Wop Project will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johns-town campus, Richland Township.

Three parts “Jersey Boys” and two parts “Motown: The Musical,” the five-piece group does a remake on classic doo-wop songs from the ’50s and ’60s and makes them sound fresh and new.

Tickets: $35, $39.

Information: 814-269-7200 or www.upjart.org.

Read all about it

The annual used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and April 26 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Books cover a variety of topics and interests for children and adults. They include hardbacks, paperbacks, audio books and CDs.

Hardbacks cost $1, and paperbacks, 25 or 50 cents.

Information: 814-255-6515.

Classes in session

• Gentle Yoga with Rachel Allen will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through April 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 April.

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

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

• 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 Johns-town 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.

Through the lens

“More Than a Machine,” a photography exhibition by Brandon Fiume, will be on display through May 4 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit explores the theme of industrial heritage in western Pennsylvania.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-535-2020 or www.bottleworks.org.

Viewer participation

“Robin Glass: All That You See” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the St. Francis University campus.

The exhibit will feature morethan 140 works of art.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.

Family legacy

“The Wolf Family: A Legacy Exhibition” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the St. Francis University campus.

The exhibit includes works from Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol.

Admission: Free.

Information: 814-472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.

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