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"The Imaginary Invalid" will be presented at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. Admission: $8. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The high school drama club will present "While The Lights Were Out" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, 2929 McCully Road. Tickets: $7 for adults, $6 for students. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tickets can be reserved for "Alice in Wonderland Jr.," which will be presented at 7 p.m. next Thursday through Nov. 17 in the middle school auditorium. A performance also will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17, and the cast will meet afterward with the audience for photos. Reserved seating: $7 for adults, $5 for students. General admission: $6 for adults, $4 for students. Information or tickets: email@example.com.
• The 13th Hampton Heroes event to recognize and honor veterans will be held at 8:50 a.m. Monday in the high school auditorium, 2929 McCully Road. Nine new members will be inducted into the program, which has honored more than 200 men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Following the ceremony, those attending are invited to visit the Veterans Museum in the hallway near the auditorium.
Families with children in prekindergarten to grade five are invited to "McReading with Ronald," a family night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in Highlands Middle School.
n The high school varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders and the student Ram Pride committee are collecting items through next Thursday for the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank. Students will compete to see which grade can collect the most items to win a prize. Items include peanut butter, juice, canned foods, boxed foods, diapers (size 4, 5 or 6) and holiday dinner food such as stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, cake or cookie mixes, icing, canned vegetables and canned pumpkin pie mix. Information: 724-226-1000, ext. 1208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A play, a flag-folding demonstration and the reading of the Gettysburg Address will highlight the annual sixth-grade Veterans Day program from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Centennial School. Information: 724-625-2601.
North Hills Basketball Boosters are hosting a celebration of life basketball game in honor of 1989 graduate Jim Bradac, who died in June, at 7 p.m. Friday in the North Hills Junior High Annex. His teammates will play friends and faculty. Admission is free but an auction will be held to benefit a scholarship for a North Hills basketball player. Information: email@example.com.
• The comedy, "And I Feel Fine," which was written by 2001 graduate Rob Speer, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday through Nov. 17 and at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the North Hills Senior High auditorium. Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens. Matinee tickets: $3 for adults, $2 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door for all performances. Senior citizens in Ross and West View can attend the Nov. 17 matinee performance free by reserving a ticket: 412-318-1439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Thespian Society at the high school will present "The Giver" at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 and 1 p.m. Nov. 17 in the high school auditorium, 700 Warrendale Road. Tickets: $7 at the door. Pre-sale tickets: $5. Information: www.pinerichland.org. A free senior citizen production will be presented at 4 p.m. Nov. 15. In between showings, the Thespians will host workshops for local Boy Scouts.
The student council is holding a food drive through next Thursday to benefit the Portersville Food Pantry. In addition to canned goods and nonperishable food items, the pantry is in need of toilet paper, dish soap, stuffing mixes and baking items such as flour, sugar, pie fillings and pie crust mix.
Items collected in classrooms and homerooms of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 will be delivered to the food pantry Nov. 16 during the school's Day of Serving when teams of high school students will volunteer at nonprofits.
Students in grades 7-12 also will pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child at the World Vision Distribution Center in Sewickley, organize food products for the New Castle City Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving Food Drive, decorate for Christmas at Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople, help at Grace Youth and Family Foundation in Butler, bake cookies for Meals on Wheels and prepare a meal for shut-ins.
Residents can drop off donated items from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Thursday at the school office, 343 East Portersville Road. Information: 724-368-8787.
• The Fine Arts Boosters organization will present the stage version of "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the school, 343 E. Portersville Road, Portersville. Tickets: $7, $6 for college students, $5 for students. Information: 724-368-8787.
"Head on Down to the Farm" is the theme for the 10th story walk for ages 3-8 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Edgeworth Elementary School. The literacy program is offered each fall and spring. Children will hear five different stories and participate in activities that correspond with each book. Every child can select a book to take home. Participants should bring a white T-shirt to tie-dye. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for $5. The spring story walk will be March 16. Information: email@example.com.
Families can tour the school and speak with faculty and staff about programs and the curriculum in pre-kindergarten through grade eight during open house programs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school, Church Road, Pine. Information: www.stals.org or 724-935-1152.
Families are invited to visit the school and meet with faculty and alumni during an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the school, 307 Siebert Road, Ross. The school serves students in preschool through grade eight and offers full-day and half-day kindergarten and before-school and after-school care. Information: 412-364-7171.
The school board is expected to vote next week on resolutions to advertise for bids to replace the high school roof and to replace chillers and roof-top air conditioning units at the senior and intermediate high schools.
The renovations will be paid for by a $5.2 million bond issue approved by the board last month. The bonds were sold Oct. 23 at lower than expected interest rates, said Lynn Burtner, district business administrator at Monday's agenda setting meeting. She said the rates ranged from 0.6 percent in the first year to 2.25 percent in the last few years of the 13-year loan. The closing date for the loan will be Nov. 20, and the money should be available to the district that day, she said.
The district also is considering using some of the bond proceeds to buy new band uniforms. Superintendent Tracy Vitale said the current uniforms are 12 years old and uniforms typically are replaced about every 10 years. She said the Seneca Valley Foundation, a nonprofit created by the school board, donated $3,000 toward the uniform costs and the band booster also will contribute.
The Seeds of Hope garden will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Sunday at 731 Wible Run Road, followed by a spaghetti dinner with musical entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. in Millvale Community Center, 416 Lincoln Ave.
The Seeds of Hope project shows appreciation for American troops overseas and their families through victory gardens. Visitors will see the sustainable gardens the Seeds of Hope members have created. An $8 donation is requested for the program.
The organization originated in Shaler Area High School with Alexis Werner, a daughter of a military mother and stepfather, who started the program to create awareness about the stress and difficulties veterans face when returning home.
Information: www.yalgroups.org/seedsofhope.html or 412-651-6992.
First Published November 8, 2012 5:32 am