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CHILDREN

Pleasant Hills -- Preschool story time for children ages 3 1/2 to 5 will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Tuesday through Dec. 18 at the Pleasant Hills Public Library, 302 Old Clairton Road. Join for stories, songs, a craft and a snack. No registration necessary.

FOOD

Bethel Park -- Bethel Park Lions Club is selling 20-pound boxes of Texas ruby red grapefruit for $15, navel oranges for $16.50 and mixed boxes of oranges and grapefruit for $16. The club is selling 1-pound bags of pecans for $11.50. Order by Nov. 20: 412-854-4762.

Whitehall -- Baldwin Community Methodist Women will hold its annual homemade cookie sale from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the church, 5001 Baptist Road. Cookies will be sold at $8 per pound. Proceeds benefit missions for women, children and youth.

MEETINGS

Scott -- The Hilltoppers of Scott Township, a senior citizen group, will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Covenant-Community Presbyterian Church, 1630 Greentree Road. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat at noon. A free beverage will be provided in exchange for a donation of a nonperishable or canned food item for a Thanksgiving dinner to the food bank. Dessert will be provided. Former movie critic Ed Blank will speak.

Scott -- A conversation session for interfaith couples about celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills, 345 Kane Blvd. Registration is requested but not required. To register: Ann Haalman at 412-278-1975, ext. 204, or ahaalman@jccpgh.com.

OUTDOORS

Nottingham -- The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will hold a free Bundle-up Starfest starting at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Mingo Creek Park Observatory, 10 Shelter Way. Event will be held rain or shine. Directions: www.3ap.org.

PERFORMANCES

Dormont -- Keystone Oaks High School will present its 84th annual Varieties student talent show at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the Michael A. Callara Auditorium, 1000 Kelton Ave. Tickets: $5, available at the door.

SALES

Carrick -- A craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Spencer United Methodist Church, 117 Spencer Ave.

Mt. Lebanon -- The Book Cellar, a store in the basement of Mt. Lebanon Public Library, will hold a holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Holiday books, DVDs, CDs and decorative items will be available.

Upper St. Clair -- Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, will hold its annual fall sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale will close from noon to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Whitehall -- Whitehall Public Library will hold a holiday craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Shoppes at Caste Village, 5301 Grove Road.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Baldwin Borough -- Baldwin Borough Public Library will hold a free event to remember World War II from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the borough municipal building, 3344 Churchview Ave. Information: 412-885-2255.

Bethel Park -- Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, will hold its second annual Ladies Night Out from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today. The program will include finger foods, vendor sales and sessions including cooking demonstrations, yoga, holiday crafts and photography. Cost: $15 if registered by today; $20 if registered after today. To register: 412-835-6621.

Homestead -- The public is invited to attend events to celebrate the 16th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. James Douglas Burwell at Clark Memorial Baptist Church, 1301 Glenn St. Services related to the anniversary will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday; nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Nov. 16; and concluding with services at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

South Park -- The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hold its 20th Veterans Day Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Monday at the South Park war memorials on Corrigan Drive. All nurses who served in the military will be remembered with a floral wreath placed at the nursing monument. All are welcome.

TALKS

California -- Political commentator Jon Delano of KDKA-TV will serve as a moderator for a 2012 election analysis forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Eberly Hall, Room 110, on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave.

Dormont -- Local author Mary Frailey Calland, whose latest book, "Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North," focuses on the Allegheny Arsenal explosion and the role Pittsburghers played in the battle of Antietam, will speak at a Dormont Historical Society event at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Ave. Free and open to the public.

WORKSHOPS

Homestead -- The Mon Valley Initiative will host a free housing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at 305 E. Eighth Ave. Participants who successfully complete the housing and urban development curriculum will receive a certificate that is required to obtain homes through various community development programs. A light breakfast will be provided. Information and registration: 412-464-4000, ext. 4008, or www.monvalleyinitiative.com.

Munhall -- The Alzheimer's CARE program, developed by Home Instead Senior Care, is holding a training workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Home Instead Senior Care Center for Training and Education, 3614 Main St. To attend: 412-205-3345.

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