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High School Musical Jr.

The Log ArTHEATRE Academy of Community Arts Center of Cambria County presents High School Musical Jr., July 18-24. Registration for ages 8-18, deadline July 6. Auditions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9. Rehearsals 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and final 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Showtimes 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 24. www.caccc.org, 814-255-6515, info@caccc.org.

Allied Artists Summer Show

Allied Artists of Johnstown has more than 100 members from around the region. Show is July 8 to Aug. 26, at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown. Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. July 8. Entries range from detailed, realistic portraiture, larger-than-life installations, pencil drawings to digitally manipulated photographs. www.johnstownart.com.

Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS

Costumed rangers conduct a variety of daily program offerings that vary from day to day at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona, off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Highway 22. The programs are offered now through Sept. 30, and are generally held between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and from 2-4 p.m. The programs are weather and staff dependent. For additional information and to find out what program is offered on the day of your visit, call 814-886-6150. No reservations are required. www.nps.gov/alpo.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Join a Park Ranger for a guided walk through the ruins of the South Fork Dam, daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., now through Sept. 30. This interpretive walk will last approximately 45 minutes and will take participants to the bottom of the dam, through the breach and back out on the other side. The meeting location is on the South Abutment. Participants will learn about May 31, 1889, the hillside across from the dam, and much more. The last portion of the walk contains a steep section with stairs. The walk is approximately 1/3 mile. Participants are encouraged to wear proper shoes and bring water. The walk is weather and staff dependent. Call the Visitor Center at 814-886-6171 on the day of your visit to see if the program is being offered. No reservations are required for this free walk. For more information call 814-886-6171 or visit www.nps.gov/jofl.

9th annual Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

The Lincoln Highway Experience’s annual Lincoln Highway SupperMarket is returning to the Route 30-based museum this summer for its ninth year. The popular weekly open-air food festival will take place on 13 Wednesdays until Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lincoln Highway Experience’s grounds at 3435 Route 30 East in Latrobe. Guests can enjoy breezy summer evenings on the spacious lawn with great food from local chefs, BYOB, and live music. There is a charge per car for admission. Additional cost for food purchased from chefs’ booths. Tables are limited, so it is suggested that attendees also bring chairs or blankets, especially if you will be arriving late. No outside food or pets are permitted. The 2022 participating local chefs are Aroma Italiano, Chef Dato’s Table, Connections Café, Grateful Smoke BBQ and Simply Good. The live entertainment schedule includes: July 6 — DejaVu. July 13 — Kyle Greene. July 20 — Adam Fitz. July 27 — Detention.

Concerts-on-the-Green Summer Concert Series

The 42nd annual free summer concert series, Concerts-on-the-Green, is underway at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. The concerts are held on the grounds at 7 p.m. and run roughly to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning June 23 through Aug. 18. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to listen to these concerts which take place on the new Amphitheatre in front of the M. Josephine Paul Family Museum. July 6: Civic Band; July 13: Civic Band. July 20: Civic Band.

St. Benedict Parish “Welcome Back” 87th reunion

St. Benedict Church in the Geistown section of Johnstown's return of the annual parish reunion on July 8, 9 and 10. After a two year hiatus, the church is celebrating the “Welcome Back” 87th reunion this year with a full slate of entertainment, food, games, children’s area, basket raffle, bingo, flea market, and many more activities for the entire family. The festival is on the church grounds at 2310 Bedford St., Johnstown. Admission and parking are free. There will also be a free shuttle bus service from Geistown fire hall.

Musical entertainment on two stages will feature: July 8 Three Of Hearts 5-7 p.m. and The Boomers 7-10 p.m.; July 9 Tom Katz 5-7 p.m. and ‘Ole 97 Johnny Cash Tribute Band 7-10 p.m.; and July 10 Walt & Jackie 12-2 p.m., Sam Coco Buffet Man Beach Party 2-3 p.m. and Jazz In Your Face Dixie Land 3-6 p.m. The chicken and waffle dinner will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A 2022 Ford Ecosport S car will be chanced off Sunday. Big Bingo will be held Saturday in the air conditioned hall and doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, visit the church website at www.stbenedictchurch.org, follow them on Facebook, or call 814-266-9718.

Berlin Brothersvalley High School Class of 1972

The Berlin Brothersvalley High School Class of 1972 50th year class reunion is July 9, at the Berlin Veterans Home, 419 Meadow St., Berlin. Social hour is at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.

Cornhole Tournament

The Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Cornhole Tournament July 9, at the Shanksville Community Grove along Main Street in Shanksville. Burgers, hot dogs, fresh-cut fries and beverages will be available at the grove kitchen beginning at 11 a.m. Registration ends at 12:30 p.m. and bags fly at 1 p.m. 50/50 payout. Prizes to the top five teams. Call or text Jim at 814-442-6782 to preregister or with questions. All net proceeds benefit the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department.

Gospel Music & Worship Night

Life Church is hosting a free Gospel Music & Worship Night at 6 p.m. July 9, with Avenue Trio featuring Jonathan Smith. The event is outside at Life Church's scenic pavilion, 617 Sunny Drive, Windber. Bring a lawn chair.

Church yard sale and sub and pizza sale

New Beginnings Outreach Center Church will host an Indoor Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9. All proceeds will benefit missions. A sub and pizza sale will also be held. Items are from Kovals. Proceeds from the sub and pizza sale benefit Operation Christmas Child. The church is one mile north of Jennerstown on the right at 7398 Somerset Pike, Boswell. For more information, or to pre-order subs and pizzas, contact the church at 814-629-5001.

W.A.C.K. meal

A free community dinner, served at the Windber Area Community Kitchen, will be held from 4-6 p.m. July 9, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber. The menu will be pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, fruit, bread and dessert. The meal will be served and sponsored by Davidsville Community Church. The Windber Area Community Kitchen (W.A.C.K.) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Relay For Life

The Meyersdale Salisbury Berlin Relay For Life is 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 9, at the Salisbury-Elk Lick High School baseball field. Events include entertainment, food trucks, face painting, music by Country Express, cake auction, luminary service and fireworks. Survivor dinner at 6 p.m. in the Salisbury Borough Building. Cancer survivors are invited to bring one guest or caregiver with them to the dinner. Menu is spaghetti, meatballs and meat sauce, salad, dressing, roll, dessert and drink.

Movies Night

Movies night is back during the summer at Keystone State Park. The park will be playing a variety of movies at the beach house. The movies will be shown on a projector screen outside on the lawn. So grab your blankets, chairs and make sure you dress for the weather. The times for the movies are at 8:30 p.m., depending on when it gets dark. Movies will not be shown in inclement weather. July 9 — Frozen. July 16 — War Horse. July 23 — The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Poorbaugh/Burbach reunion

A reunion of related descendants of Philip Burbach/Poorbaugh, (Ca 1750-1812), will be held July 10, at the Mt. Olivet Church grove in Northampton Township, 9 miles south of Berlin, off LR2020. This is a continuation of the Poorbaugh/Purbaugh/ Burbach reunion which held its 66th reunion in 2019. The first reunion of the association was in 1952. All Poor/Pur/Bur ‘baugh/’bach relatives are invited. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Ham, chicken and hot and cold beverages will be provided. Participants should bring their own place settings and a favorite dish and/or dessert to share. Program: a genealogy Q&A and shared remembrances. A tour of founding father Philip’s gravesite and surrounding (originally Poorbaugh) lands will be available for those who wish. For more information call 814-571-6265 or email PhilippBPReunion@gmail.com.


At Adventure Island they'll "See God's Great Light" during Vacation Bible School from 5:30-8 p.m. July 11-15, at Wesley Chapel UMC, 237 Whipkey Dam Road, Rockwood. Dinner provided. Call 814-926-2226 for details.

Be an actor

Arcadia Theater presents Missoula Children's Theatre Coal-ala-Bear series for children, Rumpelstiltskin July 11-16. Auditions will be held at 10 a.m. July 11 , at the Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber. Immediately following auditions, the cast will be announced and all who are accepted will receive a schedule. Rehearsals are July 11-15, twice a day. Those interested in attending the audition should register at 814-467-9070. Participants must be entering first to 12th grades. Performance is 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 16.

Pittsburgh Zoo Safari

Somerset County's 14th annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari is from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 12. Wristbands available while supplies last at: Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, 601 N. Center Ave., Somerset, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 814-445-6431; or Somerset Trust Co., Somerset County branches only in the lobby, 814-443-9200. For charter bus transportation, contact McIlwain Charters Inc. at 814-288-2287. Buses depart from Lodestar, Eisenhower Boulevard, at 7:30 a.m., and Georgian Place, Somerset, at 8 a.m. Buses depart the zoo at 3:30 p.m.

Porgy and Bess, Simple Gifts and Shenandoah at The Grand Halle

The Grand Halle on Broad Street, Johnstown, will feature The Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh in Concert at the fourth and final performance of the 2022-2023 Grand Halle Chamber Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. July 14. The Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh are a wind quintet featuring music on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Tickets for The Aeolians Winds of Pittsburgh are now available online, over the phone or at the door. Guests will be required to wear masks at each Chamber Concert Series performance. In addition, tickets are limited to 150 guests per concert. For questions or an up-to-date status, contact The Grand Halle at 814-254-4033 or atinfo@grandhalle.com.


Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company's production of MacBeth at Stackhouse Park, at 7 p.m. July 14-16, and 20-23. Park at Westmont Elementary. Shuttle provided. Food available or conjure your own refreshments. Bring a blanket or chair. For advance tickets, www.bandofbrothersshakespeare.org.

Walk-Through Basket Party

Windber Health Care Foundation Auxiliary Walk-Through Basket Party is from noon to 7 p.m. July 15, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16, at Windber Place at CSSMCW, at the top of 7th Street next to Windber Hospice. Winners will be drawn on Facebook Live at 1:30 p.m. July 16. Basket donations welcome. For information or to donate a basket, contact Kim at 814-467-3705 or koleksa@windbercare.org. All proceeds benefit projects at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber.

Woman on Target

The NRA will sponsor a "Woman on Target" shooting clinic designed to teach new female shooters and gun owners about firearms safety, properly handling techniques, how to shoot and what to consider when purchasing their first or next firearm. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at the Jerome Sportsmen Association's Club, 3220 Jerome Hill Road, Hollsopple. The cost of the class will include a 1-year membership to Jerome Sportsmen. For information or to register for the class, log on to wot.nra.org, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select "find a class near me." Or prospective attendees may contact Kyle Horner at 814-341-7274 or by email at mountaintopdefense@gmail.com.

July Living History Weekend, including "A Midsummer Night's Ball"

Ligonier Valley Historical Society July Living History Weekend, “Laughlintown in the War of 1812.” Step back in time on the historic grounds of Compass Inn Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 and 17, to see what was happening in Laughlintown during the War of 1812. Interact with the men and women of the Maryland-based Ship’s Company, a reenactment unit that portrays the naval contractor system used to supply the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812, highlighting the roles of early American businesswomen, tailors, seamstresses, sailmakers, brewers, millers, and others who lived during the early 1800s. The Living History Weekend also includes tours of the historic Compass Inn and outbuildings, as well as cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations, at no extra charge.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, from 7-10 p.m. July 16, dance the night away in Laughlintown at “A Midsummer Night’s Ball” at Compass Inn Museum. "Midsummer Night’s Ball” will feature local dancing master, Brett Walker, and period music by The Wayward Companions. Period clothing of any style is encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at https://a-midsummer-nights-ball-at-compass-inn-museum.eventbrite.com. Refreshments are included in the ticket price. There are no refunds for tickets.

Classic car show

Shine 'em up and show 'em off classic car show by the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation from 12 to 4 p.m. July 17, at Casebeer Church, 10377 Somerset Pike, Somerset. Car show lot opens at 11 a.m. Judging at 3 p.m. Free dash plaque to first 75 cars. T-shirts available while they last.

Drone Camp

Laurel Highlands Education and Robotic's third annual Drone Camps provide two hours of drone activities geared for both beginners and experienced flyers. As a bonus, students will hear about LHER's robotics programs and have the opportunity to drive robots built by local high school students. Camps are at 150 Old Ridge Road, Rear Lower Level, Hollsopple. Register online at lherobotics.org/drones. CAD Design & 3D Printing Summer Camp is from 2-4 p.m. July 20-22. For ages 12 and older, students will learn basic design principles while creating 3D objects using computer-aided design (CAD) software, learn how 3D printers work, and experience the inspiration of bringing designs to life by printing creations on 3D printers. Register online at lherobotics.org/CAD-camp.

Jackie’s Garden Works Rooftop Concert Series

Jackie’s Garden Works Concert Series invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy live performances, food and drinks in one of Johnstown's unique venues. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. at the rooftop terrace atop of the ArtWorks Building, 413 Third Ave., Johnstown. The rooftop garden includes a large deck, native plant garden, a pergola, and a live flower feature wall. July 23 — Danny Vavrek Acoustic. Aug. 27 — Matt Otis & The Sound.

Basket raffle

Kiwanis Club of Somerset Basket Raffle 10 a.m. July 23. Drawing will begin at 2:30 p.m., at Somerset Trust lower lot during Chalk the Block. Tickets will be sold at the event. Need not be present to win.

“JSA Open” 3-P Rifle Competition

The Jerome Junior Rifle Team (JJRT) will host its first ever “Outdoor 3-Position (3-P) 50 yard .22 caliber small-bore rifle competition.” The competition, which will include an indoor air-rifle match with .177 caliber rifles, will be conducted at the Jerome Sportsmen’s Association (JSA) facilities, 3220 Jerome Hill Road, Hollsopple. It starts from noon through 4 p.m. July 29, and starting at 8 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. both days, July, 30-31.

Pre-registeration is encouraged. There will be a chicken and burger barbecue and other food, snacks and drinks available for sale, proceeds to benefit the JJRT. The competition is sanctioned by NRA Shooting Sports. Awards will be given in the men’s and women’s divisions for the “Top Three” in each category.

In addition, a special “Youth BB Gun Competition,” for children 8 to 13 years of age, will be held on Sunday afternoon. Members of the Jerome Jr. BB Gun team are scheduled to compete at the Indoor Range and any individuals, or BB Gun teams, are also invited to register for this special youth match. The Daisy model 499 Target Rifle is required and non-members must provide their own rifles. The “Top Shots” of the BB Gun Match will also receive awards.

All 3-P and BB Gun competitors must preregister for the “JSA Open” by July, 25. For information, match rules, and registration fees for your team or individual competitors, contact Barry Rininger, JJRT head coach at 1-814-233-6000, or email him at BsrBuildingSystems@gmail.com. For BB Gun information, contact Nikki Tedrow, BB match coordinator at:1-814-701-6427, or email her at JeromeJrRifle@gmail.com.

Annual Senior Picnic

Tickets are still available at any county Senior Community Center or at the Area Agency on Aging services complex, 1338 South Edgewood Ave., Somerset, for the annual Senior Picnic, hosted by the Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29, at the Somerset County Fairgrounds, 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale. Lunch is served at noon. Tickets may be purchased at any Senior Community Service Center or at the Area Agency on Aging office at 1338 S. Edgewood Ave., Somerset. For more information, call 814-443-2681. On the menu is hamburger on bun, two chicken strips, mac n' cheese and watermelon. Musical entertainment will be provided by local group The Krazy Kat Daddies. There will also be a car show. The first 25 cars to sign up get a free ticket. Plenty of parking available on-site and 1950s attire is encouraged.

Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee hosted by The White House Restaurant, 515 Thomas St., Meyersdale, is 9 a.m. to noon, July 30. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Best in show announced at 11:30 a.m. Text Ben at 814-525-4292 for more details.

Hyatt's Angels 5K and 1 mile run/walk

Registration is now open for the "Hyatt's Angels" 9th annual 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk, 9 a.m. Sept. 10, in Jennerstown. Set at Pine Springs Camp, the landscape is a 3.1 mile out and back course that weaves through the countryside. The course includes "Hyatt's Hill" right after the half-way point. The chip-timed 5K includes online registration here https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Jennerstown/HyattsRunWithTheAngelsSomersetcounty

Packet pick-up and same day registrations will be offered at an available. Each participant will receive a run or walk bib, commemorative T-shirt and goody bag filled with promotions and swag items. After the run, free fruit, snacks and cold beverages will be available for participants to enjoy, including the cinnamon buns from the Coal Miner's Diner in Jennerstown.

Military families

The Rockwood American Legion Post 279 would like to recognize the families with loved ones in the military. So for those who have a husband, wife, brother or sister in the U.S. military, contact the post Chaplain Fred Weber either by phone/text at 724-797-1172.

This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Somerset County and beyond events planned for July