Franklin Park -- Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Road, will hold a beginner's baby-sitting class from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 9 for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. Cost is $10 per child plus a donation of baby food for the food pantry and includes lunch, snacks, materials and baby-sitting instruction. Information/registration: 412-366-1338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin Park -- Pittsburgh Concert Chorale presents music of the Three B's: Bach's Cantata No. 4, Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" and Brahms's "Schicksalslied" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road. Tickets: 412-635-7654 or www.pccsing.org.
Ross -- The Lycoming College Choir will perform at North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, at 7 p.m. Saturday. The choir's repertoire consists of both religious and secular music, ranging from contemporary to traditional. Information: 412-366-2662.
Emsworth -- Sacred Heart Church, 154 Orchard Ave., will hold its Irish Fest from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Dinner of Irish stew, soda bread, salad and more will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Concession stands open from 7 to 10 p.m. Carnival of Souls will perform; live and ticket auctions will be held. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, free for age 5 and younger. A movie room will be available for younger children.
Sewickley -- St. James Catholic Parish, 200 Walnut St., will hold a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during the Lenten season in St. James School's cafeteria. Prices range from $7 to $11, and kids meals are $4. Takeout is available by calling 412-741-6650, ext. 406. Information: 412-741-6650.
FREE TAX PREPARATION
Areawide -- North Hills Community Outreach, North Boroughs office, is offering Free Tax Return Preparation for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. To qualify, 2012 income must be up to $40,000 if filing jointly or up to $20,000 if filing as an individual. Appointments are available Monday and Tuesday afternoons through April 15. Call 412-307-0069 to make an appointment. NHCO North Boroughs is on the second floor, AGH Suburban Hospital, 100 S. Jackson Ave., Bellevue.
Cranberry -- Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, 2662 Rochester Road, will host an Ethnic Food Fair 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Countries represented will be Thailand, Puerto Rico, Poland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Haiti, Guatemala, Greece and England. This year a new country "Kidonia" will offer kiddie cuisine, goodies and activities. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 children younger than 12 and $30 per family. Proceeds will benefit the church's Mission Committee.
Cranberry -- Butler Health System's Foundation will hold its annual black tie fundraiser, the Crystal Ball, at 5:30 p.m. March 16 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive. The event will be black tie optional and will feature Kentucky Derby-themed festivities, so wear your best hat to celebrate the theme. The evening will include a cocktail hour, a silent auction, live auction, basket auction, sit-down dinner, Triple Crown Horse Racing and dancing. Proceeds will be used to support cardiac services at Butler Health System. Tickets are $150 and can be obtained by contacting the BHS Foundation before March 8 at 724-284-4716 or by email at email@example.com.
Pittsburgh -- St. Alexis School in McCandless will hold its Annual Gala, Auction and Dinner on Saturday at the Omni William Penn Hotel with the theme A Night to Believe -- Realize the Spirit Within. Tickets are $75 per person with all proceeds directly benefiting St. Alexis School. The reception and silent auction begins at 5 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7 p.m.
Shaler -- A spaghetti dinner for the Bagwell family, who recently lost their home in a fire, will be held from 4 to 7 pm Saturday at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church on Mount Royal Boulevard. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. An auction and a bake sale are also a part of the event.
Richland -- Northern Tier Library, 4015 Dickey Road, will hold its 40th Annual Library Chess Competition at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Competition will be held on two levels: the Junior Division for children through fourth grade, and the Senior Division for students in grades 5 to 8. The top winners in each age group will receive trophies and will be invited to compete in the countywide chess tournament. Registration is required; call 724-449-2665.
Millvale -- The public is invited to attend a World Day of Prayer ecumenical service at 1 p.m. Friday at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mount Alvernia, 146 Hawthorne Road. The prayer service is sponsored by the Millvale Ministerium, a group of churches and social service agencies. For more information, contact Sister Therese Vaulet at 412-821-2200 or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA at www.wdp-usa.org.
Reserve -- St. Aloysius Church, 3616 Mount Troy Road, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Hot foods and desserts will also be available. Information: 412-821-3610.
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