Nutcracker, Cookies, and Shake, Gala & Roll

By January 22, 2021 Around the Area

Organizations are getting creative about holding fundraising events during the pandemic! Some are going virtual and others are finding ways to hold in person events and have safety measures in place. Check out upcoming arts, culture, history and heritage events on our calendar website at

Centre Dance

Just a reminder that the Nutcracker is being performed at the historic Mishler Theatre by the Centre Dance company this coming Saturday, January 23 at 2 and 7:30pm. For all the details see last week’s ArtsAltoona newsletter. To purchase tickets go to or you can purchase through the Box Office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM by calling (814) 944-9434 Covid-19 restrictions are in place at the Mishler Theatre.

Brian Morden Foundation

Do you like cookies? Have you ever wanted to try decorating them? This is your chance to give it a try in the comfort of your own home, but with professional guidance! All this and you’ll be benefiting a great cause – our friends and partners for this event the Brian Morden Foundation.

This is their first ever virtual event – Sweet Art from the Heart, a virtual decorating and awareness event. It is being presented by the Brian Morden Foundation and ArtsAltoona on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 2pm. The event is being sponsored by Rachel Bites and Martin’s; their generosity will allow for all proceeds to help local children – those currently battling cancer – and to further the goals of ArtsAltoona in serving and inspiring a more creative region.

Participants will share an afternoon at home with those they love and decorate six Valentine’s cookies with the help of virtual instruction from Rachel Stoehr of Rachel Bites. In addition to decorating, participants will virtually meet members of and hear information about both organizations. Martin’s, a local leader in supporting the Brian Morden Foundation, is donating the supplies for the cookies. Marketing help has been given by Candance Holliday, ArtsAltoona Board Member; Marketing and Development Chair.

Registrations are being accepted at brianmordenfoundation/sweetart or by calling (814) 931-4635.
For additional information, please contact Dawn Morden, president of the Brian Morden Foundation at or (814) 946-9369.

UPMC Altoona Foundation

The UPMC Altoona Foundation is having their virtual Shake, Gala, and Roll event on January 29 on YouTube at 7pm.
To join on event night, visit
Will Jones of Carysel Entertainment and P&J Productions fame is master of ceremonies. The theme of the show is nostalgic rock and roll, not unlike American Bandstand, and will feature Ellie Irwin, David Misera, Margot Masucci, Ian Brumbaugh, and Will Jones performing live at the Mishler Theatre. During the show, artist/speed painter Cody Sabol will create two paintings which will be added to the online auction. The auction will feature 40-50 items, each with a ‘buy it now’ option, the online bidding starts on January 22. For all the details, go to

Until next time – thanks for supporting the arts,
Donna Gority
ArtsAltoona Board President