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Community Shred-it Event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16, at Fox's Pizza in Richland, 1425 Scalp Ave. Dispose of household documents safely and securely. Free child car seat check, Deterra drug disposal pouches, medication lock boxes and coffee with a cop.

Spring Spruce Up-Town

The Earth Day 2022 Spring Spruce Up-Town is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 23 in Somerset. Bring a friend, a pair of gloves and meet uptown to clean-up and celebrate Earth Day. Clean litter, sweep streets and sidewalks, pull weeds and more. Contact jocelyn@somersetinc.org to register.

SOCO Farmers' Market

The Somerset County Farmers' Market is looking for new vendors. Applications are available for download at www.somersetcountyfarmersmakret.com. Opening day is 9 a.m. to noon May 21, behind the Georgian Place in Somerset. somersetcountyfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Beauty and the Beast

Paint Class fundraiser

The Salisbury-Elk Lick FFA Paint Class fundraiser is at 6 p.m. April 2, at 196 Smith Ave., Salisbury. Call 1-877-81-party or 814-662-2741 to purchase.

Spring String Art

Spring String Art at Whitehorse Brewing is at 6:30 p.m. April 8. First beverage is included in ticket.

Easter Craft & Vendor Show

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, at The Rainbow Connection Learning Center, Sipesville. Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny at 1 p.m. Kitchen open for lunch and a bake sale to support the day care.

Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Meyersdale Parks & Rec is at 11 a.m. April 9, at the Paul Fuller Playground. Rain date is 11 a.m. April 16. Specially filled eggs for children with food allergies. Hay bale egg hunt for infants and toddlers.

Sub and pizza sale

A sub and pizza sale will be held starting at 8 a.m. April 2, at New Beginnings Outreach Center Church in the Dream Center. Items are from Kovals. All proceeds benefit Operation Christmas Child. The church is located one mile north of Jennerstown on the right at 7398 Somerset Pike, Boswell. For more info or to pre-order, contact the church at 814-629-5001.

75th annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival

Marking 75 years of maple sweetness, the Pennsylvania Maple Festival is April 23-24, and April 27-May 1 in Meyersdale. Maple demonstrations, entertainment, craft and food vendors, Sit & Sip Garden, fair exhibits, activities in Festival Park on Meyers Avenue, pancakes and sausage meals, auto shows, parade, quilt show, "Legend of the Magic Water" dinner theater, Maple Race 8K/5K Run/Walk, horse pull, antique tractor and farm machinery show, queen's ball. Check out www.pamaplefestival.com for the schedule of events.

Car cruise

The Pennsylvania Maple Festival Car Cruise on Monument Square in Meyersdale is 6-8 p.m. April 28. Classics, customs, rods, muscle cars, antiques. Food and drinks include local diner, food vendor, Glades Pike Winery and White Horse Brewery. Live music with 3rd Ave. For more information call 814-634-0213 or email pamaple@verizon.net.

Bridal & Event Expo

Somerset Event Center is hosting the Bridal & Event Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1. Center is at 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Somerset. Admission is free. For more information call Michele Courtney, 814-279-5000. somerseteventcenter@gmail.com.

Tiny Steps of Hope Basket Bash

More than 100 baskets from 1-4 p.m. May 1, at the Richland Fire Hall. Doors open at noon. Drawings begin at 2 p.m. Ticket includes chicken thigh dinner with parsley potatoes, corn and more, basket tickets and door prize ticket. Limited seating available. Tickets on sale now. Call 814-615-3219. Kids game and other prizes include pull tab games and autographed Mario Lemieux hockey puck. Proceeds benefit Tiny Steps of Hope's "Precious Bundle Project" which provides nursery necessities, support and outreach to parents and families of premature babies.

Rabies clinics

Rabies clinics sponsored by the Humane Society of Somerset and the Somerset County Veterinarian Association will be held at various locations around the county. April 2, 11 a.m. to noon, Acosta fire hall; April 4, 6-7 p.m. Boswell fire hall; April 6, 6-7 p.m. Stoystown fire hall, Stoystown fire hall; April 11, 6-7 p.m. Listie fire hall; April 12, 6-7 p.m. Shanksville fire hall; April 16, 11 a.m. to noon, Central City fire hall; April 20, 6-7 p.m. Addison fire hall; April 21, 6-7 p.m. Berlin Vo-Ag Department; April 23, 1-3 p.m., Somerset — Gary's Complex; April 26, 6-7 p.m. Meyersdale Vo-Ag Department. Bring a previous vaccination certificate if possible. All dogs must be on a leash. All cats must be in a carrier.

Basket Party

Basket Party in the former Christopher & Banks location at the Johnstown Galleria Mall, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 8, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 9, and noon to 2 p.m. April 10. Live drawing will be held at 2 p.m. April 10. All proceeds support Junior Achievement programming in Cambria County. For tickets or more information, contact Stephanie Wilt at 412-465-0405 or email swilt@jawesternpa.org.

32nd Great American Auction

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County 32nd Great American Auction, hosted in the Community Arts Center’s Atelier, is April 8. The preview begins at 4:30 p.m. and auctioneer Dale Mishler of Mishler Auction Services will start the bidding at 5:30 p.m. The auction is an annual fundraiser to aid in the annual operation costs of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. The evening consists of a live auction with a new spin that includes a high-end silent auction and a raffle. There will be food for purchase: pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages.

All attendees can register for free at the door. The auction includes new merchandise, gift baskets, gift cards and gift certificates, along with antiques and collectibles, and gently used items. There are coupon vouchers for Avalon and Viking River Cruises, as well as a coupon voucher for Sandals or Beach all-inclusive resort booking. There is also a brand new 55” Sony Smart TV with HD Blu-ray and DVD player, which includes the installation. There is an abundance of 80 miscellaneous gift cards and certificates and tickets to events both local and statewide.

Children's Book Festival

The Learning Lamp's 13th annual Children's Book Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 and 3, at the Bottle Works, 411 3rd Ave., Johnstown, 814-262-0732 x 245. Authors, illustrators, storytellers, writing and illustration workshops for children, family entertainment, arts and crafts, bookmark contest, book markets and more. Authors include Don Tate, Eric Litwin, Luke Flowers, Wes Tank and Joe Wos.

'Tastes of the Town'

Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s 29th annual “Tastes of the Town,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 21, at The Barn at Ligonier Valley, 1 Springer Road, to raise funds in support of new and ongoing educational initiatives, archeological studies and preservation efforts at Compass Inn Museum. Participants will enjoy tasting mouth-watering appetizers, entrées, desserts and pastries from the area's finest restaurants, bakeries and delis. Tickets are available for purchase at Betsy’s of Ligonier, Post and Rail Men’s Shop, or at Ligonier Valley Historical Society in Laughlintown. Contact the Historical Society at 724-238-6818 for more information.

Community Easter Celebration

A “Free Community Easter Celebration” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 9, at New Beginnings Outreach Center Church complete with the True Meaning of Easter, crafts, games, egg hunt with prizes and lots of candy, and a luncheon for ages 0-12. It is sponsored by the Boswell Area Churches. The church is at 7398 Somerset Pike, Boswell, one mile north of Jennerstown on the right. For more information, contact the church at 814-629-5001.

Easter Egg Hunt

Springs Mennonite Church, 1686 Springs Road, Springs, Easter Egg Hunt, 4 p.m. April 2. Rain or shine. Ages 0-4 years old; kindergarten to second grade and third through fifth grade. Grand prizes awarded. Egg hunt, sand art, food. For more information, call 814-662-4201. Easter Egg Hunt in the Dark for sixth to eighth grade starts at 8 p.m. Grand prize awarded. Egg hunt, glow sticks, food. Bring a flashlight and basket.

Berlin's Bunny Hop

Berlin's Bunny Hop hosted by Cup of Soul Cafe 9 a.m. April 2. Children 12 and under can pick up a scavenger hunt at Cup of Soul Café. They will then walk the town in search of bunnies that will be placed in the storefront of participating businesses. Each business will have a unique bunny. Once a bunny is found, children must ask the business to initial the matching bunny on their sheet. Children returning a completed form to the café will be entered to win a basket full of goodies. Cup of Soul will also have Easter-themed guessing games, a photo booth and the regular menu of goodies and Easter gifts and ideas for the entire family.

Uptown Painting Party

Uptown Painting Party, 101 W Main St., Somerset, Easter event is at noon April 9. Ticket includes painting ceramic Easter eggs with the Easter Bunny. A printed photo is included as well as light refreshments and an egg hunt. Event sold out last year. Call 1-877-81-party to book your seats. Adults don't have to pay to watch.

Pleasant Hill UMC 'Rise Against Hunger'

Members of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 810 Pleasant Hill Road, Friedens, will host volunteers from several other local churches connected with Somerset Area Ministerium and the community to buy and package thousands of meals for Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief nonprofit that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to people in developing nations. Volunteers will work together from 9-11 a.m. April 2, to measure portions and seal them in bags labeled for distribution to hungry people around the world. Contact the Rev. James Golla at 814-445-4442 or jgolla@mail.mvnu.edu for more information or to register.

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Show

The teams of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Somerset annual Spring Fling Craft/Vendor Show is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 2, at the Somerset Area Junior High cafeteria and gymnasium, with more than 50 of the area’s most popular crafters, vendors and businesses represented. There will also be a large basket raffle, opportunity to purchase luminaria to be displayed at the Relay For Life to be held in June and more. Relay teams will have a variety of homemade food available including ham pot pie, pasta salad, hot dogs, nachos, sloppy joes, cabbage and noodles, desserts and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit RelayForLife.org or relayforlife.org/pasomerset, or contact Jen Barron at jen.barron@cancer.org to learn more.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

The Somerset Church of the Brethren Community Easter Egg Hunt is at 11 a.m. April 16. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 12 months through sixth grade. It will be an indoor event at 606 Berlin Plank Road in Somerset.

Celebrities & Educators vs. Sitting Bulls Sled Hockey Team

Basket raffle, chuck-a-puck and 50/50 will be included in the Celebrities & Educators vs. The Sitting Bulls Sled Hockey Team — a team for the physically disabled — April 3, at the 1st Summit Arena, Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown. Doors open at 1 p.m. Game starts at 2:45 p.m. Every ticket includes a chance to win two Penguins tickets for the Penguins vs. Capitals April 8 game and $250 cash.

Craft Show

A craft show at Rock City Cafe in Rockwood, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2, and noon to 4 p.m. April 3. Food will be available. There will be a silent auction to benefit the food pantry. Rock City will be take out only on April 2.


The Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St., in the Cambria City Cultural District, 814-410-2245, thevomaspace@gmail.com, presents: An Evening With (Allman Brothers Tribute Band) at 7:30 p.m. April 9. The Allman Brothers Tribute Band features the southern blues vocals of guitarists Tony Mollick and Louisiana-born Joe Dedon, percussionist Artie Lapka and Paul “T-Bird” Kettren on keys. Doors at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. BYOB is welcome with proper I.D. At 7:30 p.m. April 9, is The Moore Brothers Band, a family of musicians featuring Bo, Brian, Jake, Tucker and more. Doors at 7 p.m. Music is at 7:30 p.m. BYOB is welcome with proper I.D.

Sadie Hawkins Dinner & Dance

The Sadie Hawkins Dinner & Dance at April 2, at the Meyersdale Elks, Dale Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Dance to follow. Benefits Meyersdale, Salisbury, Berlin Relay For Life fireworks and tents fund. Music donated by Country Express Band. Picnic dinner included. Basket raffle, 50/50 and door prize.

Spring Craft Fair

A Spring Craft Fair at the Shade Sportsmen's Club is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9. More than 20 vendors. Assembly of God Church will be selling pagache, halushki, hot dogs, chili and baked goods. Keri's Gourmet Cupcakes will be there.

Movie night

The Garrett United Methodist Church will have another movie night at 6 p.m. April 3, at the church at 800 Walker St., Garrett. The movie is "Amish Grace." When a tragedy takes the lives of five Amish school girls in Pennsylvania, the mother of one of the girls faces a profound test of faith. As she begins to feel like an outsider within her own community, Ida must decide whether or not to stay with the Amish. This film is a testament to the power of forgiveness. Snacks will be served following the movie.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Somerset Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt is at 1 p.m. April 9, at the Georgian Place. Rain date is April 16. Snacks are offered after the hunt. Some eggs contain a voucher for a special prize. All vouchers must be redeemed at the time of the event and will not be honored after the event is over.

This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Somerset County events in April and May 2022