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Citizen's Police Academy set

The Police Department is accepting applications for a Citizen's Police Academy. Forms can be found on the website:

The academy is a 12-week course to give residents a better understanding of law enforcement and is open to residents 18 or older, as well as business owners in the municipality. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

Applications deadline is Jan. 4. Class size is limited.

Details: Officer Tom Rigatti at 412-831-6800, ext. 104, or

• Police Pals is conducting its 20th Annual Food Drive from Nov. 26 through Dec. 19. Children in district schools may bring donations to their school. Donations by check should be made payable to Bethel Park Police Pals. Mark the memo area accordingly.

In addition, all nonperishable food can be dropped off at any of these locations:

Papa John's Pizza, 5300 Library Road (Route 88); Dairy Queen, 4846 Library Road; Brentwood Bank, 5259 Library Road (South Park Shops); Evey True Value Hardware, 5779 Library Road; Parkside Plus Dollar Store, 5002 Library Road (Hillcrest Shops); New Song Community Church, 4767 Library Road; Huntington Bank, 2739 South Park Road; Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave.; First National Bank, 3400 South Park Road, Suite 11; Bethel Park Library and Police (municipal building lobby), 5100 W. Library Ave.

And, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, police officers and volunteers will collect donations at the Shop 'n Save, 5001 Library Road, Walmart and Giant Eagle, both at 5055 Library Road.

Donations will go to provide local families with a box of food for the holidays.


MVI hosts housing workshop

The Mon Valley Initiative, a nonprofit that works to develop home ownership in the Mon Valley, will host a free housing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at 305 E. Eighth Ave.

Participants who complete this Housing and Urban Development curriculum will receive a certificate, which is required to obtain homes through various community development programs.

Participants may also have their credit reports reviewed by a certified housing counselor and tour homes rehabilitated by Mon Valley Initiative. Real estate agents and a mortgage lender will provide information about the home-buying process and opportunities in this low-interest-rate mortgage market.

Other topics to be covered are: how to budget; how to shop for a home loan; closing procedures and home maintenance.

A light breakfast and lunch and free parking will be provided. Details: Mike Mauer: 412-464-4000, ext. 4008, or visit


Interfaith couples conversation set

The first in a series of Interfaith Couples Conversations, titled a "Pre-Christmas/Chanukah Conversation," will be held 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Blvd.

The conversation, led by Rabbis Amy and Alex Greenbaum, who are a couple, is first in a two-part series preparing interfaith couples for their holiday seasons. A Pre-Easter/Passover Conversation will be held in February.

Details: Ann Haalman at 412 278-1975, ext. 204, or ahaalman@jccpgh.

Topics range from how to incorporate in-laws of different faiths into holiday celebrations to how to explain holidays to children.

Alex Greenbaum is the rabbi from Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, while Rabbi Amy Greenbaum is spiritual leader for Beth Israel Center of Pleasant Hills.

The JCC-South Hills also houses fitness and wellness facilities, an indoor swimming pool, double-court gymnasium and an accessible outdoor playground. Its comprehensive programming includes the Early Childhood Development Center and one of the largest SilverSneakers senior fitness programs in Western Pennsylvania.


Frontier Thanksgiving to be celebrated

A thanksgiving for the harvest as it would have been celebrated in the 18th century will be held at the Oliver Miller Homestead from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Long before President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was common for the frontier people to gather after the harvest to give thanks and visit before winter set in.

The "Miller family" and their friends (volunteers dressed in period attire) will prepare foods common to the times - dishes such as game pie, roast venison and pumpkin soup - on an open hearth.

At 2:30, guests are invited to meet at the log house to learn about a typical church service of the late 18th century. The "Rev. John Macmillan" an 18th-century minister will be present with Biblical readings and a portion of an actual sermon he wrote from 1780.

Spinning, weaving, quilting and blacksmith work will be demonstrated. Tours of the stone house, log house, springhouse, forge and barn will be given.

The homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is on Stone Manse Drive, just off the Corrigan Drive circle in South Park. It is open from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 9. Admission is $2.

Details: or 412-835-1554.



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