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Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday
Children's activities, music, food and fireworks will highlight the annual Oktoberfest celebration from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Heidelberg Park.
For children, there will be face painting, a petting zoo, children's bounce house and slide, scavenger hunt, games, auctions, lottery raffle, 50/50 raffles, Oktoberfest T-shirts, craft vendors and a pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting from 3 to 5 p.m.
Music will be provided by the Don Wojtila Polka Band and by the Mansfield 5.
There will be bratwurst, kielbasa, haluski, pyrohi, hot sausage and meatball sandwiches, pizza, hot pretzels, candy apples, nachos, desserts, German chocolate cake, apple dumplings, floats, funnel cakes, popcorn and ice cream. The celebration will culminate with fireworks at 8 p.m.
Parking will be available at Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department, at Petroleum Pipe Co. and at Collier Foundation. Handicapped parking will be available in front of Heidelberg Park.
The recreation committee is seeking volunteers to handle raffle, food and children activity booths and help with parking, shuttles and setup and break-down. Individuals are needed for a minimum of two hours. To volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-276-0363.
Food pantry enrollment under way
Focus On Renewal is accepting new enrollment for its emergency food pantry in the agency's community center at 701 Chartiers Ave.
Income must be under $1,396 per month for one person or $2,881 for a family of four. Individuals and families must live in McKees Rocks or Stowe but not in Hays Manor, Pleasant Ridge, Meyers Ridge or Usana Village housing communities, which have their own food pantries.
Individuals and families who qualify are eligible to pick up food one time each month. Focus On Renewal's distribution days are from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sister Sarah Crotty, FOR's associate director, said those who qualify may visit the food pantry once a month, receive food from the monthly Produce to People program and still receive food stamps; however, they may only receive food distributions from one pantry.
Pantry hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Information: 412-771-6460.
Day set to take back drugs
The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at various locations.
This is an opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to dispose of those medications easily and safely.
The DEA's most recent take-back event in April turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds -- 276 tons -- of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in 50 states and U.S. territories.
Among the sites in the West suburbs are:
Highmark Direct Store, 218 Summit Park Drive, North Fayette; Green Tree Municipal Building, 10 West Manilla Ave.; The Mall at Robinson; and Carnegie Police Department, One Veterans Way.
High schools to hold band festivals
The Carlynton Band Festival will feature Brentwood, Hopewell, Northgate, Union and host Carlynton high school bands performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Honus Wagner Field in Carnegie.
The evening will culminate with fireworks. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
• The Moon Area High School Marching Band will host its first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association competition at Tiger Stadium starting at 5 p.m. Saturday and culminating with the awards ceremony at 8:45 p.m. Among the high school bands competing will be Avonworth, Beaver Area, Cochranton, Rochester, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Gateway, Hampton, Kiski Area, Mars Area, West Allegheny and host Moon Area.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.
• The South Fayette Annual Festival of Bands steps off at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school stadium.
High school bands scheduled to perform are Avella, Cornell, Fort Cherry, Mt. Lebanon, North Hills, Pittsburgh Obama, Quaker Valley, Riverview, Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette's own "Little Green Machine."
Also, making its debut will be the South Fayette Alumni Band, which will perform in honor of the "Little Green Machine's" 65th anniversary. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
Matching funds available
Focus On Renewal will participate in Pittsburgh Gives, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation that offers partially matched grants.
Donations of $25 or more made on Wednesday to Focus On Renewal through the Pittsburgh Gives website -- www.pittsburghgives.org -- will be eligible for matching from the pool of funds set aside by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Donations must be made Wednesday and through that website with a MasterCard or Visa credit card. Information: 412-771-6460, ext. 305.
First Published September 27, 2012 7:18 am