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Bethel Park -- John McMillan Church preschool will host a free spring carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at its preschool, 875 Clifton Road. Activities will include children's games and face painting. Bethel Park police will be there to enroll children in an ID program for safety.


Jefferson Hills -- The Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will hold a class on container gardening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the community room of Jefferson Hills Municipal Center, 925 Old Clairton Road. Cost: $5 per program. Registration: at the library, or 412-655-7741.

Washington -- Pat Stavovy, a recently retired law librarian at the Washington County Courthouse, will describe how to search the Washington County law library at 2 p.m. Saturday in the conference room of Citizens Library, 55 S. College St. Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Free and open to the public.


White Oak -- The White Oak American Legion will sponsor an oldies dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the legion's center at 2813 Capitol St. Admission: $5 per person. Proceeds benefit veterans from Western Pennsylvania.


Bethel Park -- St. Valentine Church, 2710 Ohio St., will hold a "cash bash" from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Frawley Hall. A $20 ticket includes food, beer and soft drinks. Several cash prizes will be awarded. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets: 412-708-9337.


Bethel Park -- The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hear a talk about supplements at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Baptist Road. All registered nurses welcome.

Charleroi -- The Mon Valley Coin Club will meet at 2 p.m. April 21 at the Charleroi Senior Citizens Center, 303 Chamber Plaza. All are welcome.


Castle Shannon -- The Heritage Players are accepting online reservations for the murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser, "Till Death Do Us Part," with performances scheduled for 7 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19 at the Castle Shannon Borough Building, 3310 McRoberts Road. Admission: $25, includes an Italian dinner and show. Information and reservations: or 412-254-4633.

Peters -- Peters Township Public Library will begin its celebration of National Library Week with a free musical performance at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 616 E. McMurray Road. Paula Purnell, a performer and educator, will demonstrate musical instruments and share songs. Those attending are encouraged to bring a sturdy plastic water or soda bottle to create their own instrument. Registration: at the library circulation desk, or 724-941-9430.


Union -- The Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will offer a backyard gardening lecture series from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Trax Farm and Market, 528 Trax Road, near Finleyville. Light refreshments will be served. Fee: $15. Walk-ins welcome.


Bethel Park -- Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, will hold its annual children's consignment sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19 and 9 a.m. to noon April 20, with a half-price sale from 11 a.m. to noon April 20. Items for sale include spring and summer clothing and shoes for babies to teens, books, games, furniture and outdoor toys.

Carrick -- A spring rummage sale featuring items such as clothes, jewelry, toys, linens and housewares will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. to noon April 27 at Spencer United Methodist Church, 117 Spencer Ave.

Homestead -- A heritage market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every first and third Sunday through September at the Historic Pump House & Water Tower, 880 E. Waterfront Drive. Vendors include local food trucks and art offerings. Patrons also may explore the building and site.

Pleasant Hills -- The Friends of the Pleasant Hills Library will hold its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building, 410 E. Bruceton Road. Fill a bag with books for $5 on Sunday.

Upper St. Clair -- A rummage and recycling sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the recreation center and fellowship hall at Westminster Church, 2040 Washington Road. Donations can be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Proceeds benefit mission projects.

West Newton -- The West Newton Lions Club will hold an event featuring food and offering vintage jewelry and used books for sale to benefit West Newton Library from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at West Newton Lions Fieldhouse, 507 Pittsburgh St. Admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children younger than 12.


Baldwin Borough -- The South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company will hold a model railroad show and sale as a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the South Baldwin Social Hall, 5311 McAnulty Road.

Mt. Lebanon -- St. Winifred Women's Guild is holding a spring fling card party and luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. May 18 in Benedict Hall at St. Winifred Church, 550 Sleepy Hollow Road. Cost: $12.

Nottingham -- The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will hold two free star parties at 7 p.m. April 19 and 20 at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Mingo Creek County Park. View the night sky at the planetarium. Directions and information about the observatory:

Rices Landing -- The Appalachian Blacksmiths Association and the Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association will hold its 25th annual Hammer-In, featuring blacksmithing demonstrations and tours of the Greene County facility, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. April 20 at the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, 120 Water St.

Upper St. Clair -- South Hills Interfaith Ministries will hold its 34th annual Community Holocaust Observance at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road. Young people will read excerpts of diaries kept by youths in Europe during World War II. Information:

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