Students will hold their 13th Young Playwrights Festival with several students performing and reading 12 original plays that students have written at 7 p.m. today in the Fox Chapel Area High School auditorium, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara.
The original plays of the following students will be performed: senior Lindsay Patterson, junior Dominic Nickel, sophomore Angela Cuda, sophomore Abigail Kaplan, sophomore Constance Robinson, freshman Nina DeBiasio, freshman Sahara Muhina, freshman Grace Sauereisen, freshman Olivia Stevenson and freshman Olivia Van Dyke.
The original plays of sophomore Alyssa Bateman and freshman Adina Rodwell will be read.
Actors and readers will be the playwrights, personal care assistant Linda Angelo and students junior Regis Gurtner, sophomore Sam Waxman, and freshmen Emily Hartz and Fiona Marree.
The festival is free.
• The annual student telethon Dec. 20 raised more than $35,700, bringing the total raised by Fox Chapel Area students to nearly $540,000 over 23 years. For the third time, the telethon raised money for Habitat for Humanity. The telethon involved students from all schools.
Some of the proceeds from this year's telethon will help families within the district through Habitat for Humanity's A Brush With Kindness and Weatherization programs. Additionally, some of the proceeds will be directed to other areas in Pittsburgh.
• Dorseyville Middle School students are holding a book drive, "Rebuilding with Books," through Tuesday to benefit the Union Beach Memorial School in the Union Beach School District in New Jersey.
The school sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy in late October and students are attending class in various locations as repairs are being made. While Union Beach students and teachers have been provided with essentials, their library has been lost.
The public is invited to donate books, which can be gently used or new, but should be books that a middle school student would read.
Books may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the school office, 3732 Saxonburg Blvd., Indiana Township.
The middle school's environmental committee is collecting items through the annual recycling campaign.
The committee is collecting aluminum cans to benefit Habitat for Humanity, can tabs for Mars Area Historical Society and old athletic shoes for Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program.
The school is also recycling used ink and toner cartridges and cell phones, the proceeds from which go toward the school's general recycling fund, which is used to aid in making the school more environmentally friendly.
Newspapers, magazines, office paper and junk mail may also be recycled in one of the yellow and green "paper retriever" recycling bins located at each of the district's five school buildings. (Phone books, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal or trash will not be accepted.)
Items may be dropped off weekdays at the school's main office, 1775 Three Degree Road. Information, 724-625-3145.
The high school planetarium will feature free showings of Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and next Thursday on the third floor of the high school, 53 Rochester Road, Ross.
The film is an adaptation of Frayn's award-winning stage play about the meeting of Nobel Prize-winning physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in 1941 Copenhagen. Starring Daniel Craig of James Bond notoriety, the story follows the faltering German nuclear energy research program and both men's involvement in its endeavors during World War II.
Attendees also can view "Vision of the Universe," a museum display of 600 years of astronomy detailing Mars landings.
Reservations are required: 412-318-1402.
The district will receive a $14,370 grant from the Safe Schools Targeted program to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence.
The grant is among more than $479,000 awarded to 37 public schools throughout the commonwealth, state Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced recently. More than $120,000 of that amount was awarded to schools in Allegheny and Washington counties.
In a news release, the state said the focus of the grant program is to assist schools by reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; providing professional development to staff using research-based violence prevention and classroom management programs; and enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
Schools were eligible to receive up to $15,000.
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Senior High School District Orchestra will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium.
The 145 musicians will represent more than 40 school districts and will culminate a three-day program by students who were selected to play by their directors or through an audition process.
The guest conductor will be Jeffrey Turner who is principal bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the director of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.
Admission is $5.
The Seneca Valley Foundation will present its Sweetness & Light Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Heinz Hall.
The gala will feature raffles and auctions of items worth more than $7,000 along with performances by the Seneca Valley String Quartet.
The evening will culminate at 8 p.m. with a performance of "My Fair Lady" by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Proceeds will benefit the Seneca Valley Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in the school district.
Ticket prices, which include the gala and PSO performance range from $60 to $110.
Information: 724-452-6040, ext. 1612, or www.pittsburghsymphony.org/SenecaValley.