The Port Authority will open a park-n-ride lot Sept. 5 on Route 50 at the former Star City Cinemas parking lot adjacent to the Bridgeville exit on Interstate 79.
The movie theater has been purchased by South Fayette and will be converted into a municipal complex. The lot will offer 125 parking spaces and will be free for commuters.
The new lot will be served by the following routes:
• 31 Bridgeville (formerly 31D and 31E) -- Buses will operate seven days a week between Downtown and the park-n-ride via Millers Run Road, then along current 31D routing.
• G31 Bridgeville Flyer (formerly 33D and 33E) -- Buses will operate on weekdays between Downtown and the park-n-ride via Millers Run Road and Route 50 to Carothers Avenue, Main Street and Mansfield Avenue to the West Busway.
PENN STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
Penn State Cooperative Extension in Beaver County, in cooperation with Big Knob Grange, will offer a workshop, "Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 29 at Big Knob Grange, 336 Grange Road, Rochester.
The cost of the workshop is $3.
Nonprofit volunteer groups that prepare food to be served or sold to the public must be sure that the food is safe and of high quality. Food that is not prepared safely may lead to a foodborne outbreak resulting in serious illness or even death.
Workshop participants will learn up-to-date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. The workshop is for nonprofit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups.
Cooking for Crowds manuals for organizations and/or participants can be purchased for $9 per manual and will be available at the workshop.
SS. Peter and Paul Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, will conduct a clothing and toy distribution from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday to aid residents affected by the June 5 flooding in the borough.
Donations for this distribution may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon today and from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday.
And monetary donations are still needed to repair or replace damaged household items such as furnaces, hot water tanks and dehumidifiers. Checks may be made payable to the Greater Chartiers Valley Community Outreach, 601 Washington Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106.
The same agency also is looking for volunteer HVAC technicians and plumbers to inspect furnaces and water heaters of recent flood victims.
To volunteer, call 412-429-4357.
PENN STATE BEAVER
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association has received the association's 2010 Outstanding Service Project Award.
The chapter was recognized for its annual holiday gift drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services that provided gifts in December for 125 children.
In the past, the Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter has received Alumni Association awards for its work with the Holiday Gift Drive, which has provided presents for thousands of children for more than 20 years.
Every fall, the Alumni Chapter contacts individuals and groups who will purchase gifts for children who are CYS clients and also collects cash donations, which chapter members use to purchase gifts for the children.
MOON COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION
More than 20 local filmmakers will have the chance to see their films air live on cable television during a two-day film festival sponsored by Moon Community Access Television starting at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast channel 14 and Verizon channel 35.
A total of $1,800 in prize money will be offered during the third annual event, which will feature more than 30 films.
MCA-TV will award $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $300 for third place. The schedule will be posted Friday at mca-tv.com.
Among the entrees will be students from Pennsylvania universities, art and technical schools as well as recent college graduates and professionals from New Jersey and Ohio.
The films cover comedy, fantasy, animation and French noir. The formats and lengths also vary from shorts and music videos to feature-length films and documentaries.