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Free movies at Kean
Here's the January lineup for free movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road:
• Tuesdays@2 - "Pitch Perfect," Tuesday; "Last Ounce of Courage," Jan. 15; "Unforgivable," Jan. 22; "Total Recall," Jan. 29.
• Wednesdays@1 - "The Words," Wednesday; "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Jan. 16; "Ted," Jan. 23; "Arbitrage," Jan. 30.
The Kean Theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System, which comprises St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rudolph Auto Repair.
Free movies at The Legacy
Free matinee movies will be presented at 2 p.m. Monday each week this month at The Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Woods Village next to UPMC Passavant, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive.
The schedule is: "Nights in Rodanthe," Monday; "Big Miracle," Jan. 14; "Moneyball," Jan. 21; and "Mirror Mirror," Jan. 28.
Information: 412-635-8080 or www.TheLegacyLineup.com.
NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Senior program volunteers
The Open Your Heart to a Senior program is accepting volunteers for the new year. Orientations are being scheduled for individuals who can donate as little as one hour a week or even a month.
Volunteers are needed to help with yardwork, grocery shopping, providing transportation to a medical appointment or just speaking with someone on the phone.
Upcoming orientation dates in the North are:
• 10:30 a.m. Tuesday - UPMC Lighthouse Pointe, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Fox Chapel.
• 6 p.m. Jan. 17 - Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave, Ben Avon.
• 6 p.m. Feb. 5 - UPMC Lighthouse Pointe.
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 - North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton.
Safety for Seniors Days will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 and Feb. 9 at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. After an hourlong training session, volunteers will pair up to visit two senior citizens' homes and evaluate each home for common fall and fire hazards.
Information: www.openyourhearttoasenior.org or 412-307-0071.
• NHCO received a $10,000 gift Dec. 6 thanks to Shaler manager Tim Rogers and HDH Group, a professional services firm in Pittsburgh.
HDH put out the word to its clients, including Shaler, that instead of celebrating its 30th anniversary with a party, it would donate $30,000 to client-nominated charities. Among the 50 charities that were nominated, HDH chose 12 and presented awards ranging from $500 to $10,000.
Mr. Rogers nominated NHCO, which received the largest check, $10,000.
The agency, which has five offices in northern Allegheny County, served 6,083 families in hardship and crisis last year, providing more than 20 programs ranging from emergency food and utility help to family savings accounts and employment services.
• The Food Lion Charitable Foundation awarded a $3,500 grant to NHCO so that the agency can purchase food for its two pantries. Food Lion is the parent company of Bottom Dollar, which has a store on McKnight Road in Ross.
NHCO assisted 1,450 families last year at its Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Hampton and the North Boroughs Food Pantry at AGH Suburban in Bellevue. The pantries rely mainly on donations from individuals, civic and school groups, and businesses and congregations.
The sluggish economy has caused an increase in the number of families using the pantries, which are struggling to provide foods such as soup, peanut butter and cereal. The Food Lion gift will allow NHCO to purchase necessities when the shelves are empty, especially after the holidays and into spring and summer when donations often are low.
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets.
NORTH HILLS SCHOOLS
Students and staff donated thousands of items for food drives, more than 1,100 toys for children in need, more than $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, $513 for a local family who lost their home in a fire, 367 coats for North Hills Community Outreach and nearly 200 winter coats, hats, gloves and mittens for the Washington Shelter.
In total, their financial and in-kind donations to charitable organizations totaled more than $20,000.
Among the efforts:
The marching band collected 10 large bags of toys for the Labor of Love toy drive; senior high students and the National Honor Society collected 50 boxes of food for the North Hills Backpack Initiative; West View Elementary students donated $1,612 to a local family with their annual Penny Wars collection; McIntyre Elementary students contributed $559 to Habitat for Humanity; and the faculty contributed $1,360 to the Elves Fund, which benefits district families.
Also, eighth-grade students donated $1,600 to the North Hills Backpack Initiative through the annual Turkey Trot; Ross Elementary families contributed 140 gifts and donated $85 in cash and gift cards for children in need throughout Allegheny County; West View Elementary students and staff raised more than $600 for gifts for families who receive supplemental help through St. Cyril Food Bank; and the varsity cheerleaders collected 367 coats during their sixth annual coat drive to benefit North Hills Community Outreach.
Plus, junior high students made 25 blankets for Project Linus at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; the Hands for Service Club organized an angel tree to benefit the children of John Heinz Child Development Center; junior high students collected 150 personal hygiene items for Vincentian Nursing Home residents; and Ross Elementary teachers and staff donated 37 wreaths, which were placed by local veterans and volunteers at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
Heritage Valley Health System will expand services at its Freedom Square Plaza location, which will be the health system's fifth medical neighborhood in the region.
The facility at 1185 Freedom Road, Suite B106, will offer primary care services, a laboratory draw site, a Heart & Vascular Center office and a new location for Heritage Valley's ConvenientCare walk-in clinic.
As of Wednesday, Heritage Valley ConvenientCare - Cranberry will be moving into the medical neighborhood in Freedom Square Plaza. ConvenientCare is open seven days a week with extended hours providing treatment for minor illness and injuries by a staff of Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners.
Heritage Valley Cranberry offers primary care services, a laboratory draw site and an office of the Heritage Valley Heart & Vascular Center.
Heritage Valley Health System also has medical neighborhoods in Moon; Chippewa, Beaver County; Robinson; and Ellwood City.
A "medical neighborhood" is a one-stop shopping concept and design that provides patients with the convenience of accessing primary care, as well as ambulatory services.
Also, Heritage Valley Edgeworth is scheduled to open in the spring in the Esmark Building on Route 65 to serve the Edgeworth/Sewickley area.
Motorists will face short-term lane closures on Freeport Road near the Hulton Bridge, starting Wednesday.
Crews will be taking test borings in various locations as part of the design process for a future project to replace the Hulton Bridge. Restrictions will occur as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 11.
AROUND THE NORTH
Recycling Christmas trees
The Allegheny County Department of Parks is sponsoring its annual Christmas tree recycling program during daylight hours at four regional parks through Jan. 19.
All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will be mulched and used in the county's nine regional parks.
Trees may be dropped off at these locations:
• Deer Lakes - Parking lot by Veterans Shelter.
• Harrison Hills - Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk and Cottontail Drive.
• Hartwood Acres - Parking lot at the mansion.
• North Park - Parking lot at the swimming pool.
Animal Friends hosts clinic
Animal Friends will host two clinics to offer low-cost vaccine, microchip and flea treatments for dogs and cats.
The clinics will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 and Jan. 31 at Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road.
Rabies, distemper, Bordetella and FVRCP vaccines will be offered for $10 each. All pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated against rabies, with non-compliance resulting in $300 per day fines.
Microchipping services will be provided for $20. A tiny chip - the size of a grain of rice - with a bar code is implanted under a pet's skin and can be read with a scanner to find a lost pet's owner.
Flea treatments are offered for $5.
Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. All services must be paid cash only. To register, call 412-847-7029.
For the third year, Sewickley Academy has partnered with Silk Screen -- a Pittsburgh nonprofit organization that celebrates Asian arts and culture through films, music, and dance -- to present three films. Each showing will be followed by a moderated discussion.
Admission is free for all films.
"The Power of Two" will be featured at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Gregg Theater. The movie is a portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis, survival through double lung transplants and their emergence as authors, athletes and advocates for organ donation.
"The Heart of Jenin" will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Rea Auditorium. It's the story of Ahmed Chatib, a Palestinian boy shot by Israelis whose father decided, within 12 hours, to donate his son's organs to six Israeli children to save their lives.
"Cinema Jenin" will be featured at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in Rea Auditorium. the movie follows the initiative to reopen an abandoned cinema in the West Bank city of Jenin. Founded in the 1960s, it was once the largest cinema in the Palestinian territories.
Parental discretion is advised for each film. Information: www.sewickley.org/silkscreen.
First Published January 3, 2013 8:39 am