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GENEVA COLLEGE

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

The Geneva College Studio Theatre will present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as its spring semester play at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the theatre next to Sheetz on Fourth Avenue, Beaver Falls.

It also will be presented at 8 p.m. March 14-16. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and March 16.

Tickets are $5 general admission; $3.50 for Geneva faculty and staff; $3 for Geneva students, alumni and ages 60 and older; and $2 for children age 12 and younger. For reserved tickets, call the box office, 724-847-5099.

• The Academic Counseling Center and Educational Support Services office will host Disability Awareness Week starting Monday with events intended to initiate discussion and raise awareness about disabilities.

The movie "The Boys Next Door" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Skye Lounge of the Student Center. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion to reflect on the film and about disabilities.

Syndicated broadcaster and author Nelson Lauver will speak Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. in the chapel and at 7 p.m. in Skye Lounge. Both presentations are free and open to the public. He also will speak at a faculty and staff luncheon at noon in the president's dining room.

Geneva alumnus Josie Badger, a youth coordinator for the Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center, will speak about "Disabilities in the Kingdom" at 7 p.m. next Thursday in Northwood Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

PENN STATE BEAVER

Campus groups raise money

The Penn State Beaver United Way committee recently announced it raised $5,511 for its fall campaign, exceeding its goal by $511 and representing the largest amount of money raised to date by the campus community.

A variety of events and activities were held on campus to encourage participation throughout the fall semester. A luncheon and silent auction in November raised $1,870; dress-down days were held, allowing staff and faculty to wear Penn State University or Steelers apparel for a donation of $5.

The first dress-down day was held in September in honor of Penn State's Blue-Out Weekend designed to raise awareness of child abuse. Individual solicitations were also conducted on campus.

• The Penn State Beaver Catholic Newman Club recently announced it raised $496.27 to benefit Catholic Relief Services by selling items from the Work of Human Hands program, which allows hosts to sell high-quality, fairly traded handcrafts and gourmet food items from disadvantaged producers across the globe.

The Fair Trade network guarantees fair wages to disadvantaged artisans, farmers and workers. It also provides the technical and financial assistance many people desperately need but rarely get in a conventional trading system.

Information: 724-773-3951.

SCOTT

Pruning bushes and trees

The Scott Conservancy will present a community education program, "Pruning: The Kindest Cut," from 7-8 p.m. March 20 at Scott Park Lodge. The cost is $5.

Participants will learn from the Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners why pruning is important to healthy and attractive plants and that the proper pruning times vary among species. According to a Conservancy press release, "Knowing when to prune can be just as important as knowing how to prune. When done correctly pruning can rejuvenate overgrown trees and shrubs, increase plant vigor and improve appearance."

The class, which is open to adults only, will include information on tools, safety and pruning techniques. Soil test kits will be available for purchase, as well as free take-home literature covering topics like edible landscaping, lawn management, composting and native pollinators.

Registration: scottconservepa@yahoo.com or 412-788-1361.

South Hills JCC workshops

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills, 345 Kane Boulevard, is hosting two free programs led by South Hills Rabbis.

Information, registration, 412-278-1975 or ahaalman@jccpgh.

"The Spiritual Development of Children - A Conversation with the Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler and Alice Mahler," will offer insights on the spiritual development of children from the religious psychological perspectives from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday . Registration deadline is Friday.

Rabbi Mahler has served Temple Emanuel of South Hills since 1980 and has served as Rabbi since 1985. Ms. Mahler, Rabbi Mahler's wife, has been working in behavioral health, child development and school based services for 35 years.

An interfaith couples conversation, "The Holiday Dilemma - a pre-Easter/Passover Conversation," will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, RSVP is requested but not required.

The program will cover topics such as incorporating in-laws of different faiths into holiday celebrations, explaining holidays to children, making people feel comfortable with the holiday celebrated by their grandchildren and how these holidays complement each other.

Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum, who are married, were the first rabbinic couple in the 100-year history of the Jewish Theological Seminary to be ordained at the same time. Rabbi Alex Greenbaum is the rabbi from Beth El Congregation of the South Hills. Rabbi Amy Greenbaum serves as spiritual leader for Beth Israel Center of Pleasant Hills.

SOUTH FAYETTE

Water repairs on Boyce Road

Boyce Road between Lawn Shadow and Summit Ridge drives will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday until March 1 during $70,000 worth of repairs by Pennsylvania American Water crews to a water line that was installed in the early 1950s.

The detour is Washington Pike/Morganaza Road, McMurray Road and Route 19.

During construction, the company does not expect disruptions to customers' service.

Pennsylvania American Water and its contractor, Casper Colosimo & Son Inc., will replace the 36-inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe with new ductile iron.

Information: 1-800-565-7292.

BEAVER COUNTY

Road repairs will affect traffic

Shoulder Improvements:

• Blockhouse Run Road, Daugherty - Drainage improvements between Tegrant Corporation and Tulip Drive.

• Hoenig Road, Economy - Drainage improvements between Edgewood and Cooney Hollow roads.

• Interstate 376, Hopewell/Center - Shoulder improvements between the Allegheny County border and the Center interchange.

• Kelly Road, Industry - Crack sealing between Wolf Run and Engle roads.

• Kennedy Boulevard, Aliquippa - Crack sealing between Brodhead and Monaca roads.

• Midland-Beaver Road, Industry/Midland - Crack sealing between Midland and Wolf Run roads.

• Wallace City Road, New Sewickley - Shoulder improvements between Freedom Crider and Brush Creek roads.

• Wises Grove Road, North Sewickley/Daugherty/Marion - Drainage improvements between Route 65 and Brush Creek Road.

BRIGHTON

Opportunities to volunteer

With a low number of volunteers, the Red Cross West Central Pennsylvania chapter serving Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties is recruiting volunteers to serve as disaster responders.

The organization's volunteer network provides disaster victims with food, clothing, shelter and comfort. Volunteers constitute for more than 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce.

As part of the Disaster Action Team, disaster response volunteers work with victims on-site, assisting them with their immediate needs and following up on their long-term recovery plans.

To become a disaster response volunteer or for information on how to help in the community, contact Cindy Skiles, program specialist, 724-283-2810 or Cindy.Skiles@RedCross.org.

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