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Order deadline for citrus sale
Orders will be accepted through Wednesday for the annual citrus sale, which raises funds for North Hills Community Outreach.
Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and pears from Florida and California can be ordered for delivery March 2-3.
Prices are $20 to $26 for temple oranges and Ruby red grapefruits; $20 for tangerines; and $30 for a citrus sampler of 24 navel oranges and 12 grapefruit; and $30 for a fresh trio of 12 navel, 12 grapefruit and 12 pears.
To order: www.nhco.org/fruit.cfm or 412-307-0069.
Chinese New Year celebration
Music, dance and performances will be featured at a Chinese New Year celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Marshall Middle School, 5145 Wexford Run Road.
The event is being held in advance of Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 10 and will be the Year of the Snake. This year has been the Year of the Dragon.
The Chinese Association for Science and Technology's Pittsburgh chapter and Pittsburgh Chinese School will sponsor the celebration, which is open to the public.
Tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $10 for general admission and $5 for those older than 65 and younger than 17. Admission for age 5 and younger is free.
LA ROCHE COLLEGE
Library receives collection
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the John J. Wright Library at La Roche College the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of resources that introduce the public to Muslim heritage and history.
The college in McCandless is one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which includes a 25-book collection, three films and a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
Library director LaVerne Collins said the bookshelf aligns with La Roche College's strong global commitment and dedication to cross-cultural understanding.
The bookshelf focuses on the themes of American stories, connected histories, literary reflections, pathways of faith and points of view.
La Roche faculty will use the materials for history, political science, literature, religious studies, criminal justice and international business courses.
Open house program
La Roche College will hold an open house for its graduate studies and adult education programs from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in room 104 of the Palumbo Science Center on the college's McCandless campus.
Visitors can learn about the school's 50-plus undergraduate majors and master's degree programs in nursing, accounting, human resource management and health sciences.
To register or for information: 412-536-1260 or www.laroche.edu/gsae/events.htm.
Free movies at Kean Theatre
Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, will show these movies for its Tuesdays@2 and Wednesdays@1 free movie series this month:
• Tuesdays@2 - "The Rebound," Tuesday; "From Prada to Nada," Feb. 12; "Beauty & the Briefcase," Feb. 19; and "Take Me Home," Feb. 26.
• Wednesdays@1 - "Casablanca," Wednesday; "An Officer and a Gentleman," Feb. 13; "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Feb. 20; "Shakespeare in Love," Feb. 27.
Admission to the movies is free, but donations are accepted.
The theater is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System, which includes 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.
To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, Animal Friends is offering a "Beat the Heat" promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities that enables pet owners to have cats spayed for $20 in February.
Spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as 8 to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle improves the health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
Information or appointments: 412-847-7004 or www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Orientations for volunteers
The Open Your Heart to a Senior program is sponsoring orientation sessions for volunteers who can donate as little as one hour a week or a month to help seniors with yard work, grocery shopping or transportation or to call or visit them.
The program is an initiative of the United Way of Allegheny County in cooperation with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and North Hills Community Outreach.
Upcoming orientation dates are 6 p.m. Tuesday at UPMC Lighthouse Pointe, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Fox Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, 6401 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Family Services; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton; 10:30 a.m. March 5 at UPMC Lighthouse; 6 p.m. March 6 at Family Services; 1 p.m. March 9 at Family Services; and 9:30 a.m. March 19 at AGH Suburban General Hospital, 100 S. Jackson Ave., Bellevue.
• Training days have been scheduled for Open Your Heart's safety for seniors program, which offers free home safety assessments. The home visits involve activities such as issuing a written checklist with recommendations for family members to adjust/remove potential hazards.
The volunteers will install smoke alarms and give seniors a bag of safety items that includes a flashlight and fresh batteries, a bath mat and a night light. After the check has been completed, seniors qualify for either a free grab bar or indoor railing.
Safety for seniors training days will be Feb. 9 at Family Services; Feb. 26 at AGH Suburban General Hospital; and March 9 at Family Services.
Information on orientations and trainings: 412-307-0071 or www.openyourhearttoasenior.org.
First Published January 31, 2013 7:25 am