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Special events

■ Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll, is hosting a Light-Up Night at 6:30 tonight in its Central Plaza. It will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources will be selling baked goods and raffle tickets for decorative Christmas items in the main lobby. Call 724-258-1234.

Charity events

■ The Belle Vernon Church of the Nazarene, 108 Reed Ave., Rostraver, is sponsoring a blood drive and spaghetti dinner from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The cost for the dinner is $5. Proceeds benefit a parishioner. Call 724-243-3799.

■ The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System is sponsoring its annual Reindeer Ball from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. A production of "A Christmas in Oz" will be performed. Tickets are $100, $50 for children. Proceeds benefit PMHS child and adolescent services. Call 724-934-3537 or 724-934-3538.

■ Excela Health Hospice is sponsoring an Italian Christmas dinner event at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Rizzo's Malabar Inn, 126 Rizzo Road, Salem. Included are Rizzo's Italian cuisine, a glass of house wine and a jar of Rizzo's homemade sauce. Also to be offered are raffle baskets and a silent auction for a private dinner for six to eight at Rizzo's prepared by Rizzi DeFabo. The cost is $50, and the deadline is next Monday. Call 724-689-0202.

■ The Arthritis Foundation is sponsoring its annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 on Art Rooney Avenue, near Heinz Field, North Shore. Orthopedic surgeon Freddie Fu is this year's medical honoree, and WTAE-TV's Janelle Hall is serving as mistress of ceremonies. The Arthritis Foundation is offering a $5-off discount code for registrants through Saturday, with the discount code "turkey." Register online at or call 412-250-3340.

Blood drives

■ To find a blood drive near you, call:

-- The Central Blood Bank, 412-209-7000 or 1-800-310-9551.

-- The American Red Cross, 1-800-733-2767. For bloodmobile locations, check


■ Allegheny Valley Hospital is sponsoring a Highmark BCBS Medicare Solutions Seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. To register, call 1-800-978-0231.

■ Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a program on carpal tunnel syndrome at 6 p.m. next Monday in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll, as part of MVH's ongoing Innovations in Medicine series. Speaker is orthopedic surgeon Daniel T. Stewart. To register, call 724-258-1333.


■ Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring the following classes:

-- Breastfeeding, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today, Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-2229, ext. 25.

-- Adult CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. $40, advance registration required. 724-684-9536. Sponsored in conjunction with the Valley Health and Safety Training Center.

■ Penn State Extension is offering a Food Safety Training Course from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4 in its Westmoreland County office, 214 Donahoe Road, Hempfield. The cost is $175, which includes a ServSafe course book, instructional materials and refreshment breaks. Deadline is Wednesday. An examination is taking place at 4 p.m. Dec. 11. 724-837-1402.

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