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Pet Fest celebration at library

The Shaler North Hills Library will sponsor a Pet Fest featuring activities for families, pet caregivers and pet lovers, along with collections for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library, 1822 Mount Royal Blvd.

A Spooky Scooby Doo program will be at 11 a.m., with stories, games and crafts. A pet vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature pet services and pet caregivers.

A pet parade at 12:15 will showcase all pets.

Information: 412-486-0211.


Free movies at Kean Theatre

These are the free movies for the Tuesdays@2 and Wednesdays@1 program this month at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road.

• Tuesdays@2 - "Hotel Transylvania," Tuesday; "Taken 2," Oct. 15; "Madagascar 3," Oct. 22; "Halloween," Oct. 29.

• Wednesdays@1 - "Gangster Squad," Wednesday; "Cloud Atlas," Oct. 16; "Parental Guidance," Oct. 23; "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Oct. 30.

The Kean Theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System, providing $4.5 million in free care each year.

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, Rudolph Auto Repair and Beautiful Buys.


Senior Expo includes health screenings

State Rep. Hal English, R-Hampton, and State Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, will host a senior expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Allison Park Church, 2326 Duncan Ave.

There will be free health screenings, and representatives from senior care and services organizations will answer questions and share free information about resources on aging.

Flu vaccines will be provided by Rite Aid Pharmacy. Those wishing to receive a flu vaccine must provide a Medicare card.

Hydref fall festival at museum

Homemade food, fresh juice from the cider press, 18th century craft vendors and displays, live music, re-enactments, a children's corner and flintlock firearms and cannon demonstrations will be among the activities during Hydref, the annual fall festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Depreciation Lands Museum.

There will be a variety of gift items in the mercantile and vendor booths.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Museum members will be admitted free.

The Depreciation Lands Museum is a living history village.

Information: 412-486-0563 or


Route 8 lane weekday lane closure

The right northbound lane of Route 8 (William Flynn Highway) will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays between Ranalli Drive and Cook Road while crews repair a sinkhole.

The prime contractor is Allison Park Contractors Inc. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 11.

Southbound traffic is not being affected.


North Pittsburgh college fair

More than 140 colleges and universities will participate in the North Pittsburgh College Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in La Roche College's Kerr Fitness & Sports Center.

Representatives of technical schools, small colleges and large universities from across the country will meet with high school students and their parents to talk about their campuses and academic programs.

Sponsored by the Northern Area Counselors Association, the fair is organized by the Avonworth, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area school districts.

Admission is free.

Information: 412-536-1272 or


Homecoming celebrations are planned

The Pine-Richland School District is stepping into the past and uniting alumni of all generations with the homecoming theme "PR Travels through the Decades."

The annual homecoming parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the high school. Alumni are invited to walk in the homecoming procession, which will feature floats, students, Junior Air Force ROTC cadets, youth football team players and youth cheerleaders, 245 high school marching band and auxiliary members (cheerleaders, dance team and color guard) and the homecoming court.

The football game will begin at 7:30 p.m. versus Central Catholic. The homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime. The celebration will culminate Saturday with the homecoming dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in the high school.

In Fox Chapel, a community carnival on the front lawn/upper field of the high school campus from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday will be among the activities for homecoming weekend.

All Fox Chapel Area elementary schools, PTO/PTA groups, the Dorseyville Middle School, and some high school clubs are participating in the carnival and activities, such as face painting, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, a giant slide, an obstacle course, a dunk tank, a free petting zoo and a baby animal exhibit. There will be pony rides and live music.

The carnival will end with a procession to the high school campus.

The homecoming football game will kick off at 7 against North Hills. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Admission is free for senior citizens who have a Gold Card.



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