West at a glance: Clothing sale set in Moon, Lincoln Park auditions, Rock the Quarry event, JCC improvements under way

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Clothing sale

Moon — For months, the “Family Matters” group at St. Philip’s Church in Moon has been “harvesting” and collecting gently-used back-to-school clothes and supplies. Now they’re ready to recycle the donations.

The Back To School Clothing Sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday 8/23 at the church, 1629 Beaver Grade Road. People in need can buy items for prices that range from 25 cents to $1. Backpacks filled with school supplies also will be distributed.

This is the sixth year for the annual sale, which typically recycles over 2,000 items of clothing.

Swimming pools are closing

Settlers Cabin Park — Allegheny County pools are no longer open on week days.

The Settlers Cabin pool is now open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m., weather permitting. The last day of operation for all county pools will be Labor Day from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lincoln Park auditions

Midland — The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is holding auditions for dancers, singers, actors, musicians and technicians. High school students are needed for the Student Company, and a variety of ages are needed for the Professional Company.

High school students from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia can audition Sunday through Wednesday, Aug. 24-27, for “The Wizard of Oz,” with dance auditions on Sunday.

Student auditions for “Anne of Green Gables” will be Monday through Wednesday and Center Dance Company auditions for The Nutcracker will be Sunday.

Interviews with students will be used to select set builders, stage management functions and orchestra musicians.

The Professional Company will seek cast members for three productions later in the year. Auditions for A Christmas Story will be on Oct. 11.

Headshots and resumes are required at all auditions. Those younger than 18 must bring proof of parental consent to the audition. 

To schedule auditions send email to auditions@lppacenter.org or call 724-259-6443.

Information: centerauditions.org.

JCC improvements under way

Scott — Work started this week to install new outdoor stairs and sidewalks at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh - South Hills. The project is expected to be completed in five weeks.

Four concrete staircases in the parking lot will be removed and replaced and new aluminum hand rails will be installed. Only one staircases will be removed and replaced at a time, to minimize inconvenience for members, staff and guests. 

The handicapped ramp and sidewalks on the sides of the front entrance will also be replaced.

Improvements will include making the stairs wider by moving railings to the outside and moving the sidewalk in front of the Early Childhood wing to the curb, so staff can clear snow in the winter, which will enable parents to unload children directly to the cleared sidewalk.

Some parking spaces will be blocked off during construction. JCC staff have been asked to park off-site.

Cultural Center closes its season

Center — The Joe Grkman Polka Band will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to close the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center’s 38th summer season in the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater, Brodhead Road. 

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream at the amphitheater from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions with proceeds benefiting Beaver campus student-athletes.

In the event of bad weather, the concert, ice cream sale, and concession sales will be in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Information: 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu.

Lincoln Park subscription packages

Midland — Subscription plans are on sale for the eighth season at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

The musical version of of the MGM classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” will headline the season by the center’s three resident theatrical companies.

Subscription plans include all nine subscription series shows or a six- or three-show package. A 10 percent discount is offered on all packages.

To purchase subscription series packages: www.lppacenter.org, 724-576-4644 or in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center box office, 1 Lincoln Park, Midland.

The student company performances are: “The Wizard of Oz,” Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31- Nov. 2; “Anne of Green Gables” Nov. 14-16 and 21-23; “You Can’t Take It with You,” March 6-8 and 13-15; and “Godspell,” April 10-12 and 17-19.

The professional company performances are: “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 5-7; “The Who’s Tommy in Concert,” Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-March 1; and “A Grand Night for Singing,” June 19-21 and 26-28.

The dance company performances are: “Nutcracker,” Dec. 19-21; and “The Fab Four: Twist & Shout,” March 27-29.

Rock the Quarry event

Collier — The annual Rock the Quarry event will feature a variety of music, food, crafts, a science demonstration, games, raffles and a campfire from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and non to 11 p.m. Saturday on the Panhandle Trail between the Walkers Mill and Sunnyside entrances.

There also will be children’s activities, the flag ceremony and a rubber ducky race at 7:15 p.m. Saturday followed by the Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

Attendees should bring chairs. Admission and parking are free, but donations will be accepted for trail maintenance by the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.

Information: www.panhandletrail.org.

Free health fair

McKees Rocks — St. Clair Hospital will conduct a free health fair for residents of the Sto-Rox area from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Focus on Renewal Community Center, 701 Chartiers Ave.

There will be free glucose, cholestrol respiratory, stroke, and bone density screenings by St. Clair Hospital clinical personnel. Doctors, a registered dietitian, cancer experts, and other clinicians will be available for consultations.

All ages are invited. There is no pre-registration. There will be giveaways and free raffle prizes.

Information: 412-942-6280.

The Doctor Is In

Moon — A new episode of the series, “The Doctor Is.” will premiere on MCA-TV at 11 a.m., 4 and 8 p.m. Friday. The show is hosted by Moon resident and community producer Dr. Marc Schneiderman of the Sewickley Valley Medical Group.

The one-hour program features interviews with Sewickley psychiatrist Dr. Apolonia Sinu discussing internet addiction; and Heritage Valley Health System doctors Dr. Richard Hogan, speaking about shingles; and Dr. Noah Lubowsky elaborating on new treatments for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Schneiderman is also joined by Dr. Robert Skovira of Robert Morris University debating the ethical topic of force feeding prisoners on hunger strikes.

The program is broadcast on Comcast channel 14 & Verizon FiOs channel 35. Information: www.mca-tv.org.

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