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Holiday

Kwanzaa: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 29, Arts, Cultural & Training Institute, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. African dancing, children's activities, storyteller, specialty vendors. Bring a toy and a covered dish (no pork). Community Empowerment Association. 412-371-3689.

Karuzela Chorus, Polish Christmas concert: Following 4 p.m. Mass on Jan. 5, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 3058 Brereton St., Polish Hill. Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the Mass. Chorus directed by Neil Stahurski.

All Night Skate: 10 p.m. Dec. 31-6 a.m. Jan. 1, Mon View Roller Rink, 377 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro. For children and teens 17 and younger. X-box-based dance competition; games and prizes; hot dogs and sauerkraut at midnight. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during the skate. Parents or guardians dropping off children must complete and sign consent forms and waivers before leaving. Admission: $10.

Friday fun singles dance: 8 p.m. Dec. 28-1 a.m. Dec. 29, Clarion Hotel, 401 Holiday Drive, Green Tree. Couples welcome. Prizes, snacks, party hats, noise makers, variety disc jockey. Admission: $10. 412-751-5181 or 412-922-8100 or djnickfunn.com.

Silvester celebration: Dec. 31, Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. 2-5 p.m., museum tours, $1; continuous showings of “Dinner for One,” free; Bleigiessen, the German tradition of examining melted lead shapes for clues as to what the New Year may bring, $1; 3:30 p.m., pork-and-sauerkraut dinner in Stewart Hall, $12, benefits museum operations; 3 and 3:45 p.m., 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk, benefits Harmony's parks; 6 p.m., countdown to Sign Innovation ball drop to midnight in Germany, followed by fireworks and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Register at shops or online at harmony-pa.us.

Connoquenessing Creek Polar Plunge: Noon Jan. 1, Jackson Street canoe launch park. Register by mail or online. Those not wishing to plunge themselves can sponsor plungers for $20 each. Benefits Harmony parks as well as Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.

Activities

Singles Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, Jan. 5, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway. Black-and-gold pep rally, team prizes and giveaways. Free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $8. 724-316-5029 or dancetonight09@aol.com.

Winter Contemplative Prayer: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Villa Maria Community Center, 318 Villa Drive, Pulaski. Monthly program series; spiritual and holistic topics; includes time for reflection and discussion. Speaker is Barbara O'Donnell. Cost: Program, $7; program and lunch, $12. Registration required. 724-964-8886 or dstiger@humilityofmary.org.

World War II presentation: 11 a.m. Dec. 27, Cumberland Woods Village Theater, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park. Featuring historian Tim Neff and artifacts in an army footlocker. www.thelegacy lineup.com or 800-324-5523.

Women's book club: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, St. Kilian Parish, 7067 Franklin Road, Cranberry. Anyone who enjoys books and conversation is invited. 724-625-1665.

LifeSpan — Resources and Services for 60 and older, West Allegheny Library Building, 8042 Steubenville Pike, Imperial. 412-276-5056:

• Bingo: Noon-2 p.m. Mondays, Community Room.

• Line Dance Classes: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, gymnasium. Cost: $3; call to register.

• Low-impact Aerobics: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, gymnasium. Free. Spaces still available.

Benefits

Open Ceramics Studio: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 12, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. Help in the fight against hunger by producing bowls to donate to Just Harvest's Empty Bowls dinner fundraiser in March. An instructor will assist those with no prior experience; wheel-throwing and hand-building options available; and clay provided by Sweetwater. Cost: $3 members; $5 nonmembers. Pre-registration is recommended at 412-741-4405, but not necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

Art, music, theater

Sewickley Academy, 315 Academy Ave. and Silk Screen. Free. Each film followed by a moderated discussion. Parental discretion is advised. Register at sewickley.org/silkscreen.

• “The Power of Two”: 2 p.m. Jan. 12, Gregg Theater. 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 lives as authors, athletes and advocates for organ donation.

• “The Heart of Jenin”: 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Rea Auditorium. Story of Ahmed Chatib, a Palestinian boy shot by Israelis whose father decided to donate his son's organs to six Israeli children to save their lives.

• “Cinema Jenin”: 2 p.m. Feb. 2, Rea Auditorium. Follows an initiative to re-open a previously abandoned cinema in the West Bank city of Jenin. Through re-building the cinema, Germans and Palestinians come together evoking comedic as well as political and cultural ramifications.

Fox Chapel Area High School Young Playwrights Festival: 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Auditorium, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. All plays written by high school students, assisted by theater arts teacher Sally Meyers. Plays performed: Senior Lindsay Patterson, “Think of Me”; junior Dominic Nickel, “Falling Leaves”; sophomore Angela Cuda, “The Way She Feels”; sophomore Abigail Kaplan, “For the Sake of Smiles”; sophomore Constance Robinson, “Traffic”; freshman Nina DeBiasio, “Pat & Mel's Girls Night Out”; freshman Sahara Muhina, “Locked Out”; freshman Grace Sauereisen, “First Impressions”; freshman Olivia Stevenson, “The Best Way to Have an Interview”; and freshman Olivia Van Dyke, “Break on Through.” Plays read: Sophomore Alyssa Bateman, “You Belong With Me”; and freshman Adina Rodwell, “After the Games.” Actors and readers include the playwrights, personal care assistant Linda Angelo and students: junior Regis Gurtner, sophomore Sam Waxman, and freshmen Emily Hartz and Fiona Marree. Free.

Music in a Great Space: 4 p.m. Jan. 6, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, one block off Fifth Avenue. Pittsburgh Camerata in a candlelight Epiphany concert. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and 60 and older. 412-682-4300 or shadysidepres.org.

North Allegheny School District winter concerts. All are free; all begin at 7 p.m.:

• Jan. 8: North Allegheny Intermediate High School Band, 350 Cumberland Road.

• Jan. 9: Bradford Woods Elementary School Orchestra, Forest Road; Ingomar Elementary School Orchestra, 602 W. Ingomar Road.

• Jan. 10: Ingomar Middle School Orchestra, Ingomar Heights Road.

• Jan. 11: Peebles Elementary School Orchestra, 8625 Peebles Road.

• Jan. 15: Franklin Elementary School Orchestra, 2401 Rochester Road; McKnight Elementary School Orchestra, 500 Cumberland Road.

• Jan. 17: Hosack Elementary School Orchestra, 9275 Peebles Road; Marshall Elementary School Band, 5135 Wexford Run Road.

• Jan. 18: Jazz Band Concert, 10375 Perry Highway.

• Jan. 22: North Allegheny Senior High School Band, 10375 Perry Highway.

• Jan. 24: Marshall Elementary School Orchestra, 5135 Wexford Run Road.

• Feb. 5: Music In Our Schools Concert, 10375 Perry Highway.

Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-563-0368, www.thehollywooddormont.org:

• “The Last Unicorn”: (1982) at 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and 5 p.m. Dec. 30.

• “Donnie Darko”: (2001) at 9 p.m. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Dec. 29 and 7 p.m. Dec. 30.

Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Free:

• Jan. 8: “Pitch Perfect” (PG-13)

• Jan. 15: “Last Ounce of Courage” (PG)

• Jan. 22: “Unforgivable” (NR)

• Jan. 29: “Total Recall” (PG-13)

• Jan. 9: “The Words” (PG-13)

• Jan. 16: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (PG)

• Jan. 23: “Ted” (R)

• Jan. 30: “Arbitrage” (R)

Meetings

International Women: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. All women welcome, whether foreign or American born. Program: “Are you getting what you paid for?” by Mary Bach, consumer advocate. Babysitting is available through the church. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. Call Faye Junker at 412-373-1181.

Friends of South Park: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Buffalo Inn, Buffalo Drive, near the administration building. To become active, contact: Dave Buchewicz at buchewicz.d@comcast.net or Sue Means at means@thesafety.net or write: Friends of South Park, Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15, Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. Anne Manly will speak on “Experiences of an Air Force RN.” All registered nurses welcome. 412-341-4207.

Health care

Allegheny Valley Hospital's Destination Wellness, Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Tarentum. 724-274-5202:

• Highmark Personal Nutrition Coaching: One-on-one counseling session by a registered dietitian to address nutritional changes to manage heart disease, diabetes, weight, and other health-related issues. Sessions by appointment only. Free for Highmark members, nominal fee for others.

• Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 5 and 4-8 p.m. Jan. 16.

• Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider CPR: 5-10 p.m. Jan. 7. Adult, child and infant CPR. Two-rescuer scenarios with bag valve mask, foreign body airway obstruction and automated external defibrillation included. Certification card and student manual provided. Fee: $50. Call to register. Maximum 8 attendees.

• Kidney Smart: 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8. People with chronic kidney disease will learn how the kidneys function and ways to manage diet and health. Free. Register at KidneySmart.org/Class or 412-770-7210. Maximum 30 attendees.

• Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider CPR renewal: 5-9 p.m. Jan. 14. Present current certification card, receive a card valid for two years and student manual. Fee: $30. Call to register. Maximum 8 attendees.

• Highmark Senior Products Seminar: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 15. A sales representative will present features of Medicare HMO, PPO and Part D plans and prescription drug coverage. Reserve by calling 1-800-978-6590. Maximum 50 attendees.

• Winter Wellness, the Mind-Body Connection: Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 17. Presented by Dr. Betsy Blazek-O'Neill, medical director of the integrated medicine program at Allegheny General Hospital. Free. Maximum 30 attendees.

• Heartsaver First Aid with AED/CPR: Part one, 9 a.m.-noon; part two: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 26. Part one is basic first aid; part two includes adult, child and infant CPR and automated external defibrillator usage. Certification valid for two years. Fee: $35 per part (required student manual included); $50 for both parts. Call to register. Maximum 8 attendees.

• Lung Cancer, new treatment options: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 30. Presented by Dr. Lana Schumacher from Allegheny General Hospital Cancer Center. Free. Call to register. Maximum 30 attendees.

• Alzheimer's Support Group: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 30. Guest speaker is Keri Harmicar from Forbes Hospice. Maximum: 30 attendees.

Allegheny Valley Hospital's PriorityCare program, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights (Harrison). Free membership program offered to adults 55 and older:

• Quit smoking or using other tobacco products: Registration required by Jan. 8 for 7 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks, starting Jan. 10, Cafeteria Conference Room. Jill Fine will facilitate. Register at 724-226-7339.

• Treatment of Common Spine Problems: 6 p.m. Jan. 14, Charles W. Young Conference Center. Presented by Dr. Michael P. Casey, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the hospital. Register at 724-226-7339 or PriorityCare@wpahs.org.

Lifestyle improvement program: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16 -Feb. 20, Jameson Hospital north campus, first floor, Nutritional Services Dining Room #2, 1211 Wilmington Ave., New Castle. Explores nutrition, exercise, stress management and social support. Modality specialists from The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease available to address participants' personal preferences and health issues. Free to Highmark members, nominal fee for nonmembers. Register at 724-656-4660 or jamesonhealth.org/ornish.

Libraries

Baldwin Borough Public Library, 41 Macek Drive. 412-885-2255, library.org' target='_new'>baldwinborolibrary.org:

• Children's story times: 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, toddlers ages 2 to 3 and 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays for preschoolers 3 and older.

Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road. 412-882-5694, library.org' target='_new'>www.brentwoodpubliclibrary.org:

• Card Club: 10 a.m. Mondays.

• Crafters Circle: 6-8 p.m. Mondays.

• Gaming: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Snacks provided.

Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen St. 412-221-3737, library.org' target='_new'>bridgevillelibrary.org:

• Scrappy Scrabblers: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble. New players welcome.

• Computer Basics: 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

• Babies and Books: 10 a.m. Fridays. Stories, songs and fingerplays for infants to 2-year-olds, followed by playtime.

Community Library of Castle Shannon, 3677 Myrtle Ave. 412-563-4552. library.org' target='_new'>castleshannonlibrary.org:

• Monthly Book Discussion Group: 7 p.m. second Mondays.

• Holiday movie marathon: 1 p.m. Dec. 28.

Coraopolis Memorial Library, 601 School St. 412-264-3502. coraopolislibrary.blogspot.com.Registration required by calling the library, in person or via email at coraopolis@einetwork.net:

• Talk of the town-adult discussion group: 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of the month. Dedicated to the art of conversation; discussing topics interesting and important to the community.

• Mystery Book Club: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month. New members welcome.

• Using Pinterest: Register by Jan. 4 for 9 a.m. Jan. 11. Create and manage theme-based image collections; browse other pinboards for inspiration. Must have valid library card.

• Using Ancestry.com: Register by Jan. 11 for 9 a.m. Jan. 18. Learn how to research your ancestors.

• Using Microsoft Word: Register by Jan. 17 for 9 a.m. Jan. 25.

• Job Hunting on the Internet: Register by Jan. 30 for 9 a.m. Feb. 8. Bring your resume and upload it to job sites.

• Valentine Greeting Cards: Register by Jan. 19 for 1 p.m. Jan. 26.

• The Yarn Bunch - Knit and Crochet With Miss Marge: 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call ahead; supplies provided.

• American Girl Magazine Holder Craft: Register by Jan. 2 for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Ages 8 and older.

• Lego Building Fun: 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of every month.

• Winter Bingo: Register by Jan. 14 for 6:30-7:15 p.m. Jan. 21. Age 3 and older.

• Baby lapsit: 6:30-7 p.m. third Wednesday of every month. For parent or caregiver with a child, birth to 18 months; interactive storytime.

Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 412-828-9520, ext. 215; cooper siegelcommunity library.org:

• Story times: 10:30 a.m. Fridays, infants up to 24 months; 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, toddlers 24 to 36 months; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ages 3 to 5.

Jefferson Hills Public Library, 925 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-7741, jeffersonhillslibrary.org:

• Scrabble Club: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Learn to Play Bridge: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bridge expert Thomas Morris. 412-384-4378.

• Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 20. Children 3 and older.

Moon Township Public Library, 1700 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 100. 412-269-0334:

• Winter Reading Club: Jan. 1- March 1. Pick up a book log at the information desk. For every four books read over the next two months, get entry into a drawing for dinner and a movie. Teens in grades 6-12 welcome.

• Teen Open Art Studio Time: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. First installment of monthly studio in the Sky Room for artists in grades 6-12. Craft or art project provided but participants may also bring projects from home. Refreshments. This month's craft will be graffiti T-shirts. Bring a light-colored T-shirt. Registration recommended. panellah@einetwork.net.

• Author Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Local author Larry Inkovich will discuss his new book, “The Sixth Precept,” and offer advice on getting published and noticed. Registration is required.

• Author Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Local graphic novelist and juvenile/young adult fiction author Larry Shapiro will discuss his novel, “The Stereotypical Freaks,” and offer advice on how to break into the world of graphic novels. Adults and teens in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to attend.

Northern Tier Regional Library, 4015 Dickey Road, Richland 724-449-2665, northerntierlibrary.org:

• Baby Playtime and Stories: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8- Feb. 19 (no session Jan.29). Ages 18 months and younger. Siblings welcome. Registration required.

• Toddlers Just Want To Have Fun: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 20. (no session Jan. 30). Ages 18 months-3 12 years. Siblings welcome. Registration required.

• Are You Ready for Kindergarten?: 4-4:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 21. (no session Jan. 24). Registration required.

• Tween Art Club: 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Create projects from new and recycled materials. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

• Family Storytime, Learn Spanish: 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8– Feb. 19. (no session Jan. 29).

• Fun Science: 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Ages 6-10. Light snack provided. Registration required.

Penn Hills Library, 1037 Stotler Road. 412-795-3507, pennhillslibrary.org:

• Advanced Knitting Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Wednesday Afternoon Book Club: Third Wednesdays.

Pleasant Hills Public Library, 302 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-2424, pleasanthillslibrary.org:

• Life-story writing group: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays. Help and encouragement to anyone writing or planning to write memoirs or family history.

• Teen Talk: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and Jan. 26. For students in grades 6 to 12. Pizza, conversation and games.

• Teen make-and-take: Mondays in January. Check the teen area weekly for a new project, using origami, recycled art and duct tape. Grades 6–12.

• Peschool story time: 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays in January, starting Jan. 8. Includes songs, crafts and a snack. Ages 3 12 to 6, with or without a caregiver.

• Baby book nook: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 9. Nursery and action rhymes, songs, books, and more. Birth to 2 years old, with a caregiver.

• Preschool yoga: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9–Feb. 27. Wear comfy clothes to stretch; bring a large towel or yoga mat. Ages 3 to 6. Register at 412-655-2424 or danylod@einetwork.net.

• Tot time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 10. Stories, songs, finger plays, activities and a snack. Ages 2-3 12, with a caregiver.

• Lego extravaganza: 4 p.m. Jan. 10. Building competitions and free play. Bring your own Legos or use ours. Kindergarten-fifth grade.

• PJ family story time, penguin parade: 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Includes songs, crafts and a snack. Wear your pajamas and bring a friend. Register at 412-655-2424 or danylod@einetwork.net.

• Origami: 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Learn basic techniques, make various creatures. Kindergarten-fifth grade.

Scott Township Public Library, 301 Lindsay Road. 412-429-5380, scottlibrary.org:

• “Scottie's Preschool Story Time”: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Children 3 to 6.

• One-on-one computer training: 8-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5.

• Breakfast with Scottie: 10 a.m. Jan. 2. Ages 3-8. Come in your jammies. Registration required.

• Book bingo: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 10. Grades K-8, younger children with an adult. Limited seating so register early.

• Conversation salon: 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Discussion topics: The role of other countries in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries, the “fiscal cliff.”

• The finishers: 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 15. Join others to finish crafts.

• Book discussion: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17. This month's selection is “The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise” by Julia Stuart.

• Glow show: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21. Ages 5-12. Mad Science brings things that glow in the dark to light. Free. Registration required.

Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St. 412-741-6920, sewickleylibrary.org:

• Wise Walks: 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. Participants walk 1 to 2 miles and return to library for a healthy snack.

South Fayette Township Library, 515 Millers Run Road. 412-257-8660, southfayettelibrary.org:

• Chess Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Children in kindergarten through eighth grades. Registration required.

• Mother Goose Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children up to age 3. Songs, finger plays, flannel board stories.

• E-reader drop-in help sessions: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Tales'n Tunes Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays. For ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. Songs with movements, stories, art activities.

• Math Mites, Level 1-2: 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14. (Formerly Preschool Math) All new classes, ages 3-5 and their caregivers. counting beyond 10, size, measurement, calendars and number order. Registration required; space is limited.

• Magic Dragon Club: 6-7 p.m. First Thursday of the month, January-April. Grades 1-5. Young artists and writers watch a brief instructional video then work on their own creations. At the April 4th session, students will select their best work and submit it for publication in Magic Dragon magazine. Copies of Magic Dragon are available at the library, or subscribe at magicdragonmagazine.com. Registration required; space is limited.

• Diaper Movies: 10:30-noon. Mondays in January. “Madagascar 3” (Jan.7), Disney's “Secret of the Wings” (Jan. 14), “Pirates Band of Misfits” (Jan. 21) and Dr. Seuss' “The Lorax” (Jan. 28). While your young children sprawl on our floor cushions, you can enjoy upholstered chairs, adult conversation, coffee, tea and baked goods.

• PALS Book Club: Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 15. Bring a brown bag lunch; discussing John Grisham's “The Summons.” Registration requested, but not required.

• Magic Tree House Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and third Thursday of the month through April. Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series inspires crafts, readings, science experiments, film clips and other adventures for children with a second to fourth grade reading level. This month's adventures are inspired by “Tonight on the Titanic.” Registration required; space is limited.

• Adult Book Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Discussing “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. Registration requested but not required.

• Writers Unleashed for Grades 5-8 and Writers Unleashed High School Writing Program: Brittany Ketter, a National Novel Writing Month and ScriptFrenzy veteran, guides teens through the Young Writers Program. ketterb@einetwork.net.

South Park Library, 2575 Brownsville Road. 412-833-5585, southparklibrary.org:

• Read to Succeed! Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Christmas playcation: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 27. Elementary school ages and parents. Music, toys, munchies provided.

Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Drive 412-882-6622 whitehallpubliclibrary.org:

• Autism Parent support group and discussion: 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Presented by Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Beginning in February, group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.

• Teen Advisory Group: 6 p.m. Jan. 8. Give input on teen programs, books, movies, CDs and video games. Pizza. Grades 6-12. Get volunteer credit hours for attending meetings and participating in programs. Free; online registration required.

• What do I need to bring to my tax preparer?: 1 p.m. Jan. 12. Free. Online registration required.

• e-Reader workshop: Nooks, 10 a.m.-noon; Kindles, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12. Bring eReader fully charged and bring USB cable.

• Ask the organizer: 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Presented by a panel from National Association of Professional Organizers, Pittsburgh Chapter. Free. Online registration required.

• Budgeting, financial priorities/college savings: 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Free. Online registration required.

Religion

Making a Good Marriage Even Better: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Jewish Women's Circle presents guest speaker Chana Gittel Deray, who will share tips on Shalom Bayit (peace in the home). Hot teas and pastries. RSVP to batya@chabadsh.com or 412-344-2424.

Christian–Jewish dialogue: Noon Jan. 3, Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., Squirrel Hill. Topic is “Separation of Church and State, Part 2,” presented by the Rev. Bill Hower and Matthew Belgie, national program specialist for World Vision. Sponsored by Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee. Study of Jewish and Christian texts. Free. pajc.net or 412-605-0816.

Communion and Prayers: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. 412-835-6630, westminster-church.org.

Girls of New Vision/Boys of New Vision youth group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, New Vision Community Church, 1620 Randolph Lane at Verona Road, Verona. 412-241-6160.

Essential Coffee Hour Bible Study: 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Wexford Presbyterian Church, 10645 Perry Highway, Wexford. 724-935-5650.

Bible study: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry. Priests discuss upcoming readings. Bring the study edition of the New American Bible. 724-776-9177.

Mommy Matters: 9-11:30 a.m. on first and third Tuesdays of each month, Penn Hills Free Methodist Church, 715 Universal Road, Penn Hills. Bible-based support group for mothers. Child care provided. 412-793-7263.

Christ's Church Ministries: 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. James Episcopal Church, 11524 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. A Christian and Hebraic fellowship. Not affiliated with the Episcopal Church. 412-377-2940.

Celebrate Recovery: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Three Rivers Assembly of God, 1030 Jefferson Road, Penn Hills. A Christ-centered drug and alcohol recovery group. 412-372-3453.

Women's Catholic Scripture Study: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Scholastica Parish, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. Registration fee: $55, includes materials for the 30-week course. 412-963-1931.

The Kabbalah of You: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Sundays, Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Six-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. 412-344-2424. chabadsh.com.

 

 
 


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