McCandless -- The Chamber of Commerce Inc., the SMC Business Councils and the Manufacturer and Business Association will host a Meet the Candidates Breakfast with 12th Congressional District candidates Rep. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, and Republican Keith Rothfus from 7:30 to 10 a.m. next Thursday at The Chadwick, One Wexford Square. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for others. Register at http://www.thechamberinc.com or call 724-934-9700.
West View -- West View Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2754 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the hall at 386 Perry Highway. Free admission. Tables are available for $25. Proceeds benefit veterans programs.
Richland -- Bakerstown United Methodist Church, 5760 William Flynn Highway, will hold its Salad Smorgasbord from 5 to 7:30 p.m. next Friday. A variety of salads, meats, pasta, side dishes and desserts will be available. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12. Information: 724-443-3184.
Sewickley -- St. James Catholic Parish, 200 Walnut St., will conduct a Progressive Dinner Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Appetizers will be served at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; main course will be served in private homes and dessert and entertainment will be provided at the "BarN." Transportation is available. Cost is $13 per person or $25 per couple. Information: Paula at 412-741-2712 or Michelle at 412-741-2227.
Center -- The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Columbus Day Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building. All those applying must bring an official transcript, and anyone applying to the Beaver campus may receive a decision immediately. The application fee will be waived. In addition, information about financial aid and academic programs will be provided, and campus tours will be offered. Information: 1-877-564-6778.
Pine -- The Chamber of Commerce Inc., 5000 Brooktree Road, will host a lunch for Veteran Leaders from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Thursday. The Transition Forward Veteran's Program will be presented. Information: 724-776-4949.
Hampton -- St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, will hold a super bingo at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the school. Tickets: $40. For tickets or information, call Colleen: 412-486-6622.
Harmony -- The Harmony Museum will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St. Proceeds will benefit museum operations. Table rentals are $12 each, $20 for two. Vendors may set up Friday afternoon. Information/reservations: 724-452-7341.
Ross -- Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth will hold their annual Grateful Gathering from 5 to 10 p.m. next Saturday at Mount Nazareth Center, 301 Bellevue Road. Music, wine and chocolate, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, prizes and a grand raffle are planned. Tickets: $40, call Sister Catherine Fedewa at 412-931-4778, ext. 2180.
Richland -- Tickets are available for the St. Barnabas Charities' annual fashion gala Oct. 20 at The Washington Place and Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets: $32. Information/reservation: 724-444-5521.
Richland -- Northern Tier Regional Library, 4015 Dickey Road, will hold the following programs.
• Reference librarians will offer computer and electronic resource assistance. One-on-one assistance with computers and electronic resources is available for the following sessions: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Registration is required; indicate the specific topics during registration. Registration: 724-449-2665.
• Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War. Actor-storyteller Steven Anderson will share true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm's way at 3 p.m. Oct. 13. This event is presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. It is designed for elementary school-age children through adults. Registration is required; call 724-449-2665.
Fox Chapel -- The Association Of University Women, Fox Chapel Branch, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church on Fox Chapel Road. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, and Republican Keith Rothfus, candidates for the U.S. House 12th District seat, will speak and address topics provided in advance. The moderator will be from the League of Women Voters. The meeting is open to the public.
Portersville -- McConnells Mill State Park will host a Fall Dog Hike from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Hell's Hollow. Only friendly and vaccinated dogs will be accepted; they must be on a leash at all times. Bring plenty of water, a leash and a dog waste bag. Please allow 15 minutes to get to Hell's Hollow from the covered bridge. Information: www.visitpaparks.com.
Sharpsburg -- Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., will hold a free Brown Bag Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Gary Topolosky, patent attorney, will speak on understanding patent, trademark and copyright laws and the changes coming to patent applications after March 15. Learn about the costs of coverage, the value of pursuing international patent equivalents and how to exploit one's own intellectual property in licensing deals with competitors. RSVP: 412-782.-5344, ext. 209, or email@example.com_north
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