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Richland: St. Barnabas offers Thanksgiving dinners

Continuing a tradition that began in 1900, free turkey dinners with all of the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving day in these St. Barnabas facilities:

St. Barnabas Nursing Home, 5827 Meridian Road, Richland; The Arbors III at St. Barnabas, 6005 Valencia Road, Richland; Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, 85 charity Place, Valencia.

The dinners are being provided through St. Barnabas Charities.

Reservations: St. Barnabas Nursing Home, 724-443-0700; the Arbors III, 724-625-1530; Valencia Woods, 724-625-4000.

Free dinners also will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day at all three facilities.

Etna: Light the Night holiday celebration

Children's games, train rides, a magician, a balloon artist and a visit from Santa and live reindeer will be among the activities during the Light the Night program starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Butler Street.

Activities will begin with a Butler Street parade.

New this year are a "You Pose" photo booth, musical entertainment and children's fire safety kits. The program will culminate at 8:30 p.m. with Zambelli fireworks.

Richland: Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

Volunteer bell ringers are needed by the Salvation Army for shifts of an hour or two for the Gibsonia chapter's Christmas kettle drive at the Richland Wal-Mart on Route 8.

Ringers are needed noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 6; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7; noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 13; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14; noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 20; and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 21.

To register, call Dave Miller at the Lighthouse, 724-898-4673 extension 34.

North Hills Schools: Planetarium features holiday shows

North Hills High School planetarium will offer two holiday-themed shows -- each for specific age groups -- on the 24-foot dome on Dec. 4, 9, 10 and 13. The planetarium is on the third floor of the high school on Rochester Road in Ross.

"George and Oatmeal Save Santa" starts at 6:30 p.m. and is for children from preschool through elementary age. "Winter Wonders" will follow at 7:15 and is appropriate for older children through adults.

The gift shop that supports the North Hills High School Astronomy Club will be open.

The shows are free and open to the public. Group reservations will be accepted for community organizations. Reservations are required: 412-318-1000, extension, 3166 or

Around the North: Outreach programs for taxes and gifts

NHCO is seeking volunteer tax preparers to help low-wage families

The agency is recruiting volunteers tax for the following sites and shifts during the first six weeks of tax season, beginning Jan. 27:

The Bellevue site from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and;

The Millvale site from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Training is provided and is required for all volunteers. To register: or

North Hills Community Outreach is a partner of United Way's Money in Your Pocket Coalition for free tax preparation.

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