New hours for borough office
The borough building in Braddock will now be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The building, is at 415 Sixth St.
The borough is also offering a free summer playground program from now through Aug. 2 for Braddock children. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Camp Avenue, Center Street and Washington Street playgrounds.
A free lunch will be provided to children daily at noon, and free swim lessons will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Buses will transport the swimmers to the pool at the Woodland Hills Junior High School in Swissvale and back.
Jazz tonight; first of three events
Jazz melodies will float through the streets of Irwin tonight during the first of three Art and Jazz Festivals offered this summer.
The festivals, which feature music by jazz duos, trios and groups on Irwin street corners, porches and in bars, will also be held from 5 to 11 p.m. July 18 and Aug.15.
Irwin councilwoman Gail Macioce said organizers try to stagger the start times of the groups so that listeners can hear each act.
Duncan Financial is the chief sponsor of the event, and provides employees to help with logistics of the evening and to assist with fundraising to pay for the festival.
Tonight, saxophonist Kenny Blake and friends will perform at the corner of Third and Main streets from 6 to 9 p.m., while the Benny Benack III Trio will perform at the corner of Fourth and Main streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Mr.Benack sings and plays the trumpet and keyboard.
Thom Book, who plays guitar and sings, will perform at the Colonial Grille Tavern from 7 to 10 p.m., and the duo of Judi Sigel and Dave Crisci will play from 8 to 11 p.m. at Café Supreme, Main Street.
Guitar players Jeremy McCall and Rick Struzzi will perform at Romano's Restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Oak streets from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Bentley and Romito duo will play guitar at Main Street Music in the former Isaly's storefront along Main Street.
The teachers and students of The Music Room, a music school in a Victorian house across Main Street from the First Presbyterian Church parking lot, will present "Jazz on the Porch" at the school.
Ms. Macioce said a number of Irwin stores will also be open until 8 p.m. in conjunction with Art & Jazz Nite. Participants in a shop crawl who have their card punched in about eight stores can win four Penguins tickets with access to the First Niagara Club for next year.
Pre-4th holiday concert scheduled
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present a free summer concert in the park at 7 p.m. June 30 at St. Clair Park in downtown Greensburg.
Conducted by WSO's Artistic Director Daniel Meyer, the program includes classics and popular music and will feature Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture.
The symphony will also perform the concert at 7 p.m. June 29 at Fort Ligonier.
Details: 724-837-1850 or visit www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
Colonial court re-enactment planned
The Westmoreland County Historical Society will present re-enactments of a colonial court July 6 and 7 at historic Hanna's Town.
The site is a Revolutionary War era village that held the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. The reenactment will feature actual sessions of court head on site between 1773 and 1786 and include hearings for disorderly conduct and selling liquor without a license.
Hanna's Town was attacked and burned on July 13, 1782 by Native Americans and their British allies while court was in session. The county seat was moved in 1786 to Greensburg.
Court will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 6 and again at 2 p.m. July 7. Admission is $5; $4 for seniors and children and includes a site tour.
Details: 724-532-1935 or www.westmorelandhistory.org.
Accelerated degree offered
Beginning this Fall, Penn State Greater Allegheny will offer a new bachelor of science in business degree program with accelerated classes on Saturdays via the Video Learning Network. Instructors will come from across the Penn State system but the academic adviser and support are on-campus.
The program is intended for individuals who have partially completed a degree or have a degree in another field but want to add business skills. Students need to have completed 60 college credits. Those with fewer may enroll in evening and online options.
Interested students should contact the admissions office at 412-675-9140.
Fundraiser benefits community pool
A fundraiser to benefit the Highlands Aqua Club will be held Friday.
The "ladies night" fundraiser will feature swimming, appetizers, drinks, a 50/50 raffle and a handbag raffle.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the club, 130 McAlister Drive, Penn Hills. Tickets are $20.
Flea mart Saturday
The Living Spirit Ministry will hold a flea market and bake sale and lunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 7415 Irvine St.
Several vendor tables remain available; call 412-351-1802.neigh_east - neigh_westmoreland