The following are fireworks displays in the region in celebration of Independence Day:
The Galleria, Richland Township, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown, Wednesday, following a concert by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m.
Idlewild Park, Ligonier, 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, today through Thursday.
Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona, Wednesday, following the 7 p.m. Curve game.
Lakemont Park & the Island Waterpark, off Interstate 99, Altoona, 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Indiana County Fairgrounds, Mack Park, Indiana, Wednesday.
DelGrosso Amusement Park, Tipton, Wednesday.
Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest, Bryce Jordan Center, State College, 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The fourth annual Johnstown Galleria Super Cruise will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Galleria, Richland Township.
Members of Cover Hill Car Club, Johnstown Street Survivors, Laurel Highlands Mopar Club, Total Kaos Car Club and Portage Area Cruisers Car Club will participate.
The cost to enter a vehicle is $5.
Proceeds will benefit Crime Stoppers.
Admission is free for spectators.
The fifth annual Summer Performing Arts Academy will present “Friday Knight Fever!” at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Drive, Richland Township.
Area students will participate in the musical comedy tribute to the 1970s sponsored by The Learning Lamp and the performing arts center.
The musical spoofs a time of mood rings, magic eight balls, women’s lib and disco music as students at Culpepper High are distressed that Rita’s Roller Skating Rink, a favorite hangout of many of the local teens, must close temporarily for remodeling.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students.
Information: 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
A free beach party concert will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the main beach area at Glendale Lake, Prince Gallitzin State Park.
Proceeds will benefit Patton Library.
The entertainment lineup will feature Jerry Carnicella and the White Shadow reunion band at 1; early ’60s and beach music by Andy Rhody and Friends at 2; country music at 3; The Beatlemaniacs at 4; Tribute to Woodstock at 5; and a reunion of musicians to play the best of the rock ’n’ roll era at 6.
Shows will go on rain or shine at the beach pavilion.
Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and food or purchase food from vendors.
There will be free parking.
AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell along Franklin Street in Johnstown.
Hiram and the Walkers of Indiana, Pa., will perform doo-wop from the ’50s and ’60s, classic rock, blues, Motown and older country at 5.
The band features Ken “Hiram” Holliday on guitar, vocals, trumpet, trombone and harmonica; Judy Holliday on vocals and bass guitar; Johnny Rand on vocals, rhythm guitar and trumpet; and Brian Porembka on drums.
A Great Lover 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the benefit to aid the ongoing recovery efforts for Midwest tornado recovery.
Walk-ins may register on the day of the event for $10.
Categories for participants include male and female in age groups younger than 10, 10-15, 16-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55 and older than 56.
Refreshments will be provided at the end of the race.
All funds raised will be used by work teams sent to the areas to cover the cost of materials.
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.
Man in black
The final encore performances of “Ring of Fire,” the life of Johnny Cash set to music, will be presented today through Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.
Showtimes are 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $17 to $35 for matinees and $22 to $39 for evenings.
Information: 629-9201, option 1, or MountainPlayhouse.org.
“13 – The New Musical” will be onstage through July 7 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Curtain times are 8 tonight and Saturday and Thursday through July 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The middle-school musical is about growing up.
Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students ages 18 and younger.
Information: 472-4333 or www.cressonlake.com.
Johnstown Reed Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Central Park Gazebo, downtown Johnstown.
The band Meat & Potatoes will perform in a free concert on the lawn sponsored by Conemaugh Township Area Historical Society from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 106 S. Main St., Davidsville.
Jazz in Your Face will perform for the Concerts in the Park series from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Central Park Gazebo, downtown Johnstown.
Scottdale Area Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier as part of a free series of Sunday evening band concerts sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Vocalist Miranda Shank will perform as part of the free Summer Music on the Square concert series sponsored by the Pennsylvania Consort at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo at Pitt and Penn streets in downtown Bedford.
Local musician Johnny Bayush will present two concerts this weekend featuring other local performers at two Cambria City venues.
For both performances, Bayush will perform with a core group of musicians.
“Painted By Millions & Friends” will be held at 7 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave.
“Crossroads Next Generation” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave.
For Saturday’s performance, cameo appearances will be made by Adia Dobbins, Michael Meketa, Sebastian Steele, Nick Toma, Gene Sweeny, Robbi Rummell, Canyon Gargon, Shawn Willard, Bo Moore, Jacob Wensel, Ben Ressler, Rachel Allen and Randy Penrod.
Admission is $10 for each show or $15 for both.
Comedy and music will mix at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Stealth Bomb Productions will present stand-up comedy and live hip-hop from 8 to 11 tonight.
The Blues Gathering with host Scott Jeffrey will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
A summer reading program will be held Monday through July 28 at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.
The theme is “Dream Big – Read!” and special story times will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 6 and 20.
Children in preschool through grade six as of May are invited to participate.
Registration is required, and readers are asked to read as many books as they can during the program.
Tokens received for each book read will be entered into a prize drawing.
The eighth annual Red Devil Classic hosted by the Central Cambria Education Foundation will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ebensburg Country Club, 408 Manor Drive.
At the foundation’s major fundraiser for the year, golfers will enjoy lunch, dinner and refreshments.
A silent auction will include autographed pictures of James Harrison and Troy Polomaulu, a basket donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, four passes to Del Grosso’s Amusement Park, four passes to the Pittsburgh Zoo, four passes to the Altoona Curve, Cresson Lake Playhouse tickets, gift certificates to Everyday Gourmet and golf balls and shirts.
Proceeds will help fund programs for the Central Cambria School District.
Golf registrations are $100 per player and can be downloaded at www.cceducationfoundation.com.
Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday through July 28 at the picnic area at Johnstown Flood National Historic Site, Sidman.
The free events are for children ages 7 to 10, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child.
Children should bring their own lunch.
Reservations are required, and there is a limit of 12 children per Saturday.
The annual public benefit auction for Camp PARC will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Benscreek Lutheran Church grove, Thomas Mills.
A flea market will open and continental breakfast will be available at 8.
Lunch will be available at 10:30 a.m.
Auction items will include sporting event tickets, handmade furniture, quilts, gift baskets, tools, trips, airline tickets, household items and numerous gift certificates.
“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 26 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.
The one-hour tours will begin at the visitors center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.
Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
The tour is included with park admission.
Blair County Arts Foundation will present the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic in concert at 7 tonight at Mishler Theater, Altoona.
The band will perform patriotic music, classical and swing favorites and show tunes.
Seating for the performance is general admission, and doors will open at 6:15.
Admission is free.
“Going to the Cemetery” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at the visitors center theater at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin.
Members of the Blair County Genealogical Society will explain about genealogy research at the cemetery.
Participants will learn what to take with them and proper recording information.
The site is located 10 miles west of Altoona, off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.
Admission is free.
Information: 886-6150 or www.nps.gov/alpo.
“The Story of Hansel and Gretel” featuring an all-children’s cast will be presented by Indiana Players today through Sunday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., downtown Indiana.
Showtimes are 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.
Information: (724) 464-0725 or www.indianaplayers.com.
“Along Came a Spider,” an exhibition by Scott Miller of Westmont, will be on display through Monday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Information: 536-5399 or www.bottleworks.org.
The 25th annual Somerset County Artists Association juried exhibition will be on display through Aug. 3 at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
An open house will be held from 6 to 8 tonight.
Information: 443-2433 or www.laurelarts.org.
“Southern Light: American Impressionist Women from the Hunstville Museum of Art” will be on display through Aug. 11 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.
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Toe-tapping music | Jazz Along the River kicks off Friday at St. Mary’s in Cambria City
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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
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'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.
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