“Menopause the Musical” will be presented at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $38 to $55.
Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or www.upjarts.org.
“Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree” will be presented through Oct. 14 at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Ticket prices range from $17 to $39.
Information: 629-9201, option 1, or www.MountainPlayhouse.org.
Cresson Area Heritage Days will be held today through Sunday along Front Street.
There will be food and craft vendors, live music and a children’s carnival Saturday and Sunday and a car show Sunday.
The second annual Windber Oktoberfest will be held from noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160, Windber.
Proceeds benefit Windber Volunteer Fire Company and Windber Area Municipal Authority.
The 48th annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 13-14 in downtown Bedford.
There will food and craft vendors, live music and children’s activities.
An antique car parade will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 13.
Parking is available for $7 at Old Bedford Village and Bedford County Fairgrounds, and free shuttles are available.
“Fortune Smiles on You, Tombola 2012” will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in Cambria City.
The cost of the fundraiser is $80 a person or $150 a couple.
Information: 535-2020 or email email@example.com.
Pianist Cory Davis will perform works by Chopin and Ravel at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.
A production of John Patrick Shanley’s play, “Doubt,” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the George and Eileen Katter Theater at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Tickets are $10.
Keeping the beat
Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets are $29.50, $34.50 and $39.50, plus fees.
Information: 536-5156, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
The first Columbus Day Disabled Sled Hockey Challenge will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at Planet Ice, 195 Jari Drive, Richland Township.
The tournament is hosted by Sitting Bulls Sled Hockey.
Disabled sled hockey enables physically challenged youth to play competitive hockey following all the rules of USA Hockey.
The tournament is for beginner and junior-level players.
Admission is free.
The 13th annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk will be held Saturday on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
Registration begins at 5 p.m., with the walk at 7.
The 11th annual walk of Westmoreland Walks Inc.: Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion No. 7 at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg.
Event day registration is $30 and begins at 9:30 a.m.
Information: (724) 382-4148 or westmorelandwalks.org
“Our Community, Our Children,” fifth annual chef auction, will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Proceeds will benefit pediatric and teenage trauma and surgical patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
The cost is $75 per person.
Information: 534-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A corn maze presented by Weakland Farms, Route 164, Portage, is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. The farm closes at 9.
Featured events include hayrides, feeding the animals, a pumpkin patch and an indoor straw maze.
Mums and fall decorations also will be available.
Vale Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 21 at Vale Wood Farms, 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto.
Fall decorations available for purchase include pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and straw bales.
Admission is $3 per person, and hayride farm tours are available for an additional $2 per person.
Children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.
Information: 886-7171 or (800) 861-MILK.
HallowBoo, the family-oriented Halloween event, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28 at Idlewild Park, Route 30 East, Ligonier.
There will be trick or treating through Story Book Forest, live entertainment, costumed characters, themed rides and attractions and a hay-bale maze.
The cost is $26.99, and children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.
The 28th annual Autumnfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
There is a harvest theme this weekend, and other themes will feature fine arts for Oct. 13-14, antique tractors and cars for Oct. 20-21 and chocolate and chili for Oct. 27-28.
There is a $5 per car parking fee during Autumnfest weekends, and complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the parking lots.
Information: www.7springs.com or (800) 452-2223.
A Fall Garden Day sponsored by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.
Topics slated for the presentation include “Shade Gardening,” “The Truth or Consequences of Plant Catalogs,” “Bluebirds and Other Surprises Along the Trail,” “Composting,” “Preparing a Garden for Monarch Butterflies” and “Holiday Table Centerpieces.”
The class size is limited to 35.
A gourmet, catered lunch, snacks and free butterfly garden seeds will be included in the $25 fee.
Through the lens
An exhibition of works by members of the Greater Johnstown Camera Club will be on display through Oct. 14 at The Galleria, 500 Galleria Drive, Richland Township. The display will be located near Bon Ton on the first floor.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will feature murder mysteries and Halloween books this month at the library at 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
There also are books by R.L. Stine in the children’s section.
Hardbacks are $1, and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.
Bookstore hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Don Aliquo Sr. Jazz Quartet will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Tickets are $10.
Beat goes on
A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.
Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.
The cost is $5 per person.
The rock musical “Next to Normal” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and Oct. 11-13 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.
Information: 472-4333 or www.cressonlake.com.
“The Princess Parade, a Disney Revue,” will be presented by STAR productions at St. Francis University at 7:30 tonight and 1:30 p.m Saturday at the JFK Center on the Loretto campus.
“Burger Princess,” a dinner theater, will be held at 6 tonight with the performance following at 7:30.
The cast of princesses is a blend of St. Francis students and area residents.
Group rates of $3 for 10 or more are available for the Saturday afternoon performance and require reservations.
Tickets for the dinner theater are $15 and also require reservations, and tickets for the show only are $5 and available at the door.
“Presidential Politics: The 2012 Election and the Constitution” will be presented Wednesday at the Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
The forum will feature four distinguished speakers throughout the day.
Admission is free to any or all of the presentations, and reservations are not required.
The Three Troubadours, featuring musicians Peter Wilson, Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon, will perform “Back Home at Hidden Valley” at 8 tonight at the Ski Lodge Alpine Room at Hidden Valley Resort.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and master of ceremonies and local musician Randy Myers will open the show at 7.
Tickets are $15 at the door.
Information: 443-8000 or www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.
Frontier and living history demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Latrobe.
The program will include a portrayal of frontier and military lives by Lochry's Westmoreland Militia, and 18th century homestead living and cooking demonstrations and period children’s games will be portrayed by local re-enactors.
Admission is free.
The 55th annual Springs Folk Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at 1711 Springs Road, Springs.
There will be bluegrass music, clogging, singing and a historical drama.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 18. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free.
Information: www.springspa.org or 442-4594.
“Retrospective” by Johnstown artist Mark Ed will be on display through Nov. 3 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibit will cover 30 years of Ed’s work and will feature more than 200 pieces, including oil paintings, mixed media paintings, sculptures and other art work.
Admission is free.
“125 Year of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September 2013 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Paints and prints
The work of Jan and Jonathan Heath will be exhibited by Bedford County Arts Center through Oct. 27 at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Jonathan Heath has painted professionally since 1972 and is a self-taught painter, working in watercolor, oil and acrylic.
Jan Heath has been making prints for more than 30 years, and all of her prints are hand pulled, signed and numbered.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
A collection of Colleen Browning’s works will be on display at the four locations of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.
“Colleen Browning: Illustrator and Printmaker” through Saturday at the Johnstown location in Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
“Colleen Browning: Early Works” through Nov. 3 at the Ligonier Valley location, One Boucher Lane, Ligonier.
“Colleen Browning: Magic Realist” through Oct 13 at the Loretto location on the campus of St. Francis University.
“Colleen Browning: Drawings” through Jan. 12 at the Altoona location, 1210 11th Ave.
“Seeing and Believing: Art Encounters Faith” will be on display through Dec. 8 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The 45-piece exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints and photographs representing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and American Indian spirituality.
Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.
The annual juried exhibition “Artists in Our Midst” will be on display through Jan. 19 in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.
The exhibition will have 77 works created by 27 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common.
The wide variety of media will include photography, watercolor, wood, acrylic, oil, clay, fiber arts and mixed media.
The museum will celebrate the exhibition at a Blue Monday program at 6 p.m. Monday featuring a light dinner set to the music of Stormy.
The cost of the program is $20 per person or $10 for Art in Common members.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.
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.
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.
Tribute to women | YWCA will honor seven for community contributions
The YWCA of Greater Johnstown will honor seven women from the area for their contributions to the community during the 27th annual Tribute to Women on May 23. The event will feature a reception at 5 p.m. and a dinner at 6 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.
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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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