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CRAFT SHOW

Mars -- The Mars Area School District will host its annual Mars Area Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mars Area Middle School and Mars Area High School. Shuttle buses will be available between buildings. The high school's American Field Service/Mars International Student Association Chapter and Mars Students International Inc. are event sponsors. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. Children under age 5 will be admitted free. Information: Maureen at 724-625-3472.

EDUCATION

Areawide -- Community College of Allegheny County is hosting Passport to Success, an enrollment workshop series to help potential students get information about CCAC, the enrollment process and all aspects of college life. The first session, Destination Success -- Career Opportunities will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at all four CCAC campus locations. The series will run monthly through April 2014. The workshops are free and open to all potential students. No reservations are required. For a full schedule of the workshops in the series, including room locations at each of the campuses visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords, "Passport to Success."

FUNDRAISER

McCandless -- St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, will open its annual Mission Mall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Fifteen local and international nonprofit groups will sell a wide variety of fair trade and handcrafted items made by local artisans and those in developing countries. All sales go to the vendors' mission charities. Information: 412-486-7006.

HEALTH

Valencia -- Caroline Armfield, MSN, RN, certified aesthetic nurse specialist with New U Med Spa at St. Barnabas Medical Center, will host a Meet and Greet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at The Woodlands at St. Barnabas Lodge, 200 Lodge Lane. Ms. Armfield will discuss noninvasive medical treatments available at the New U Med Spa at St. Barnabas, including Botox, Laser treatments for hair removal, sun damage, spider veins; photo facials and medical grade Skinceuticals skincare products. Information: 724-443-7231.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Cranberry -- The Cranberry Women's Club will host its annual Christmas House Tour from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Seven homes will be decorated for the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Tickets are $20 and have to be pre-purchased by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope with check made payable to CWC to 7753 Franklin Road, Cranberry, PA 16066. Check-in the day of the event is at the Cranberry Township Building on Rochester Road. Information: Kathleen Perry, 724-538-3622.

McCandless -- Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway, will hold a medieval celebration of Christmas at 7 p.m. Dec, 13 and 14 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15. The Madrigal Feaste is a musical celebration of the Christmas season. Tickets for the madrigal are $25 and may be purchased from Sarah Jane Beorn at 724-935-8632. Information: 412-364-0105.

Richland -- The First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, Route 8 at Heckert Road, will hold its Thanksgiving Day Community Service at 10 a.m. next Thursday. The Angels in the Wings and Joyful Noise Choirs will perform seasonal music and Thanksgiving hymns. A Thanksgiving offering will benefit Hosanna Industries, the Lighthouse Foundation and the Pastor's Local Needy Fund. Information: 724-443-1555.

Sewickley -- St. James Catholic Parish, 200 Walnut St., will be offering a free Thanksgiving dinner at 1 p.m. next Thursday in the school cafeteria. To register, sign the sheet at the rear of the church. Information: 412-741-6650 or 412-749-8172.

Cranberry -- A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, family activities, games, crafts and refreshments will be featured at 7 p.m. Friday in a holiday event in front of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. Holiday music will be provided by the choir of the Dutilh United Methodist Church. The event will also launch the holiday tree gallery inside the building -- an annual fundraising project where more than 20 local nonprofit organizations display smaller trees decorated in themes that reflect their community missions.

Cranberry -- The Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Milk and Cookies with Santa Dec. 14 and 15, morning or afternoon times available. The fee is $11 for residents and $14 for others. Registration: 724-776-4806, ext. 1129 or www.cranberrytownship.org/programs.

LIBRARIES

Sewickley -- Let's Talk About Forever presented by Forever founder & CEO, Glen Meakem will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the reference area of the Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St. Mr. Meakem will speak about his new company, Forever. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. Registration: foreverlibrary.eventbrite.com.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Shaler -- The WYZKIT fire survival kit for children, which consists of a smoke detector, flashlight, whistle, signal flag, mallet and a nine-minute DVD about fire prevention, fire safety and instructions about how to survive a fire in the home, will be distributed free to families from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department, 15 Wible Run Road; Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company, 309 Davis Ave.; Elfinwild Volunteer Fire Company, 2817 Mount Royal Blvd.; Shaler Villa fire company, 960 Saxonburg Blvd.; Sharps Hills fire department, 503 Berner St.; Undercliff fire company, 700 Mount Royal Blvd. Also, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Etna Volunteer Fire Department (being provided by Etna fire department, Etna Borough, & Light the Night Committee), 27 Crescent St. Due to a limited supply, only one kit per family will be distributed. Identification is necessary to prove residency in fire district. Information: wyzkit4kids@comcast.net.

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