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Festival of lights

La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence will sponsor the annual Equitable Gas Festival of Lights at 3 p.m. Friday, culminating with fireworks on their campuses on Babcock Boulevard.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

A craft show from 3 to 8 p.m. will open the event, which will feature musical performances and visits from mascots such as the Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam, Equitable Gas Co.'s Freddy the Flame and the La Roche College Redhawk.

Evening events will kick off with a tree-lighting ceremony at 6, the arrival of Santa and activities such as games, crafts and a moon bounce, which will be open from 6 to 8:30.

The festival will include a live Nativity, ice carving, carriage rides and holiday music from the Urban Pathways Charter School's steelpan band, Sounds of Steel; the Choraleers, Teen Chorale and The Village Singers, all of Tri-County Choir; and the Providence Heights Alpha School student band.

A Cans for Cocoa food drive will be held with visitors invited to bring canned goods or other nonperishable food items to donate to North Hills Community Outreach. The donations will be gathered by La Roche student government members from 6 to 8 p.m. outside of the John J. Wright Library. Those who donate will receive a free 12-ounce cup of cocoa.



Program on pioneer living

A Cabin Days program featuring Colonial skills and tasks and activities that simulate pioneer living for children ages 8 and older will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the historic Armstrong cabin at the Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 South Pioneer Road.

The program will include a hearth-cooked lunch with a lesson on a traditional craft such as weaving, knitting, tatting, candle-making, embroidery, quill-making and writing.

The $20 fee includes the meal and all supplies. Pre-registration is required.

Information: 412-486-0563 or


Planetarium show

The North Hills Senior High School planetarium will feature free family programs during the holiday season with two back-to-back shows on Monday and Dec. 14, 17 and 19 on its 24-foot planetarium dome on the third floor of the high school, 53 Rochester Road, Ross.

On each date, "George and Oatmeal Save Santa," a program for preschool through elementary school children will start at 6:30 p.m. and "Winter Wonders" for middle school children through adults will start at 7:15 p.m.


Saxonburg Boulevard to close

A portion of Saxonburg Boulevard between Bakerstown-Culmerville and Henry roads will close Monday for landslide repairs. The road will remain shut through Dec. 21.

The slide occurred recently near an area where crews from the state Department of Transportation had just repaired another slide.

The detour follows Routes 8 and 228.

About 1,609 vehicles travel the road on an average day.

The work is included in $1.9 million contract with Swank Construction Co. LLC.


Holiday extravaganza at Fairview

The Fairview Elementary School PTO will sponsor a holiday extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring more than 50 artisan crafters and vendors to benefit the school.

Fifteen themed gift baskets will be raffled to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and a bake sale will be held. A holiday gift shop will allow children to buy gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings and the family pet.

The event will be in Fairview Elementary School, 738 Dorseyville Road, Indiana Township.



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