BY RUTH RICE
Summer camps at area colleges and learning centers will keep kids active and interested until school begins again.
On the Pitt-Johnstown campus in Richland Township, three camps are scheduled: A Junior Naturalist Outdoor Adventure Camp will be held from June 22-26; LEARN Camp: Where College is for Kids will be held July 13-17; and SummerFun 2009 will be held from July 20 to Aug. 15.
An Academy of Engineering will be offered July 20 through Aug. 7 and an Earth Globe Science Camp will be held Aug. 10-14, both in partnership with The Learning Lamp.
Jeanne Susko, director of Community Education and Outreach at Pitt-Johnstown, said registration for all camps will be accepted as long as there are vacancies.
“Registrations are being taken now,” Susko said. “These camps have always been popular, and I think with families taking ‘staycations,’ parents will be looking toward putting money into a class or camp.
“They can drop off their kids and know they’re being taken care of in a safe environment,” she said.
For information, go to www.upj.pitt.edu and click on outreach office, then Rock Your Summer.
Summer camps for children ages 6 to 12 will range from sports to the arts at St. Francis University in Loretto.
Sports camps will begin June 9 and feature basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming and golf. Kid’s College classes will begin June 16 and topics will be music, dance, art, writing, robotics and science.
Deb Stohon, program specialist in the continuing education office, said the robotics and golf camps have been popular.
“We’ve been amazed at how many we’ve gotten for the acting and musical theater classes,” Stohon said. “Kids are really interested.”
Registrations for all camps will be taken up to June 12, she said.
For a complete listing of camps, go to www.francis.edu/summeropportunities.htm and click on children’s camps.
Mount Aloysius College in Cresson will offer camps on astronomy, baby-sitting certification, basketball, baseball, volleyball, eco-adventure, sports enhancement, plants, Spanish and becoming a junior chef.
Classes start June 22.
Jackie Gutshall, director of marketing and public relations, said some of the kid’s camps offered in previous years will be missing from this year’s roster.
“We want to try to add some diversity and interest for kids of all ages so they’re not coming to the same camps each year,” Gutshall said. “We’re looking this year for what we want to do next year.
“We’re going to expand our camps year-round.”
Registrations will be accepted up to one week before the start date, and campers will be able to register online, she said.
For information, go to www.mtaloy.edu/student_life/summer_camps/At The Learning Lamp, 108 College Park Plaza, Richland Township, summer camps that had been conducted only in the Greater Johnstown area will expand to include sites in Bedford, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.
“This is driven by the schools we’ve worked with,” said Leah Spangler, executive director.
“They had seen coverage of our programs and some of them drove in to attend, then told their home districts,” she said.
Classes at The Learning Lamp begin June 8 and instructions are geared to students in preschool through grade 12. Campers of all ages will learn about arts, science and technology.
“It’s not just educational,” Spangler said. “It’s socialization and a learning experience. The concept is to keep them engaged, but not like school.”
For a complete listing of camps, go to www.thelearninglamp.org.
To enroll your children in a summer camp, call these numbers:
St. Francis University: 472-3012.
Mount Aloysius College: 886-6465.
The Learning Lamp: 262-0732 or (866) 785-LAMP.
BY RUTH RICE
Captured on film | Annual Johnstown movie festival kicks off tonight
People yearning to become successful filmmakers have an opportunity to showcase their talents during the seventh annual Johnstown Film Festival. Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s festival will be held tonight through Saturday (June 6-9) and will feature a mix of film shorts – documentaries, experimental films, narratives and comedies.
Toe-tapping music | Jazz Along the River kicks off Friday at St. Mary’s in Cambria City
Jazz Along the River will be back again this summer. The monthly jazz event has become a fixture at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. The series of concerts will feature a different jazz group on the fourth Friday of each month through September.
Texas Tenors returning to Arcadia
Contrary to popular western lore, the good guys, or at least the good singers, wear black hats.
The Texas Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.
Cresson Lake Playhouse to stage ‘The Fantasticks’
This musical has been on Broadway for 54 years.
“The Fantasticks” will be presented Thursday through June 2 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Curtain times will be 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Events | Whitewater bash
Benscreek Canoe Club’s Stonycreek Rendezvous will be held today through Sunday on the Stonycreek River and Greenhouse Park, Route 403, Tire Hill.
Events | Young art
Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit is on display through May 25 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
'Seeing the Invisible' exhibit opens Friday in Loretto
Painting on a different plane is a positive study for artist and Altoona native Barbara Wachter. Her latest exhibition, “Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter,” opens Friday at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto. The exhibition features 35 canvases of contemporary impressionism that will be on display in the museum’s Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery.
Events | 'Grand Finale'
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will present “Grand Finale” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
Showcase of the Stars will feature students from local high schools
Local theater arts will flourish at an area arts center. The fourth annual Showcase of the Stars will be presented at 7 p.m. May 18 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
Polka party | Three-day festival will feature Slovenian and Polish bands
After a seemingly endless winter and an abbreviated spring, the people of Johnstown are ready to kick up their heels. And there is no better opportunity to do that than by attending the Friendly City PolkaFest. The Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church co-sponsor the event. They are ready to welcome thousands of polka enthusiasts to the city May 31 through June 2.
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