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Lineup of movies filmed in Pittsburgh

Kennywood, the Fort Pitt Tunnel, PNC Park and other local landmarks take center stage during the April free movie showings at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road. The theme is movies that feature Pittsburgh.

Here is the schedule:

• Tuesdays@2 - "Flashdance," Tuesday; "Abduction," April 9; "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," April 16; "Pittsburgh," April 23; "Unstoppable," April 30.

• Wednesdays@1 - "Lorenzo's Oil," Wednesday; "Adventureland," April 10; "The Dark Knight Rises," April 17; "A Wedding for Bella," April 24.

There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing for a gift. Information: 724-444-5326.

The Kean Theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System. St. Barnabas Health System includes St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rudolph Auto Repair.


Honorary doctorate for Martin Sheen

Award-winning actor, social activist and humanitarian Martin Sheen will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and deliver the address at La Roche College's 48th commencement ceremony May 4.

La Roche, founded in 1963 by the Sisters of Divine Providence, invited Mr. Sheen to its campus as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration.

"This is a year in which we are especially aware of the values and mission that define the college," said Sister Candace Introcaso, president of La Roche College, in a news release. "The causes that Martin Sheen has been dedicated to mirror the long-established mission of La Roche: educating future leaders who work for mercy, compassion, generosity and justice."

For decades, Mr. Sheen has been an activist on peace and social justice issues such as the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, the fair treatment of immigrants, the eradication of nuclear weapons and the end of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.

In 1982, he donated his salary for the film "Gandhi" to charity.

Mr. Sheen is best known for his role as President Josiah Bartlet in the TV series "The West Wing" and for his roles in more than 100 movies, including "Apocalypse Now," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Way."


Chatham food and sustainability course

Chatham University is registering students for its second summer food and sustainability course, Food, Farm and Field, to be offered July 28-Aug. 10 at Eden Hall Campus. Students will live on campus for the two-week summer course.

Participants will learn about issues relating to sustainability and the environment and explore relationships among food, farm and environment. The program blends classroom learning, group discussions, field trips, and lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen.

Students will also have the opportunity to prepare locally sourced dishes and compare them to meals sourced from Walmart. Each day will include time for recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, yoga, and time for writing, video and photography.

Instructors will be Chatham University's faculty in sustainability, food studies, film and digital media, agro-ecology and creative writing. Local farmers, chefs and food suppliers also will provide their perspectives as guest lecturers.

Undergraduate or graduate students in any field of study who are enrolled in accredited institutions or those who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are eligible for the course.

Students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The cost is $3,000 and includes all course materials, academic credits, lodging, meals and activities.

Information: 412-365-1498 or


Free practice SAT test is offered

College Nannies and Tutors of North Pittsburgh has announced the opening of its new Learning Center, 9600 Perry Highway at Ingomar Road.

The business offers personalized solutions for families who need in-home child care and tutoring for college-bound students. The franchise is owned and operated by Terry Anderson.

College Nannies is offering two free hours of tutoring for new students who schedule at least two additional hours of coaching in the new Learning Center. Also, they are offering a free practice SAT test on April 20.

The practice test will simulate the SAT test by allowing students to gain experience in taking timed tests, as well as pointing out the subject areas where they need to focus their studying to improve scores.

Reservations and information: 724-934-3022.

Ingomar Kuhn's not participating in WIC

The Allegheny County Health Department has announced that Kuhn's, 745 W. Ingomar Road, is among three grocery stores no longer participating in the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food and nutrition program.

More than 100 other grocery stores throughout the county participate in the WIC program, which is a federally funded program for income- and medically eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breast-feeding mothers and children younger than 5.

The income limits are an annual gross income of $20,665 for a family of one; $27,991 for two; $35,317 for three; $42,643 for four; $49,969 for five; $57,295 for six; $64,621 for seven; and $71,947 for eight.

Add $7,326 for each additional member beyond eight. Unborn children are counted when the woman is pregnant.

WIC families receive nutrition counseling, breast-feeding support and food vouchers redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula; infant cereal; milk; eggs; cheese; juice; cereal; peanut butter.

Also whole grains, including bread, tortillas, oatmeal and rice; soy milk; tofu; jarred baby foods; dry or canned beans; canned tuna/sardines/pink salmon; and fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables.

Additional vouchers are available during the summer to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce at participating farmers markets and farm stands.

Locations and directions to the stores can be found at

For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits call 412-350-5801.



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