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Briefs: Latrobe recital to benfit animals; music returns to Mossback Park

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Dance recital benefits Action for Animals

Students from the Dancers' Dream dance studio in Latrobe will perform at its annual charity recital at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. Admission is $11 per person.

About 35 dancers from ages 2 to 20 will raise money for Action For Animals humane society in Derry Township.

This year, the studio at 204 Spring St. chose Action for Animals, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that can house about 150 animals. The shelter, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is run by an all-volunteer board of directors.

During the past eight years, the dance students' annual recital has benefited various charities, including the American Cancer Society and Autism Society.

For more information, call 724-205-3384.


Mossback Park music returns

Derry Area Revitalization Committee has announced dates for free summer concerts in Derry Borough.

The Music in Mossback concert series under the gazebo in Mossback Park will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on four Sundays, with Cathi Rhodes on July 14, Artful Codgers on July 21, Buddy Mac Band on July 28 and Dave and T.J. on Aug. 11.

Donations will be accepted and snacks will be available.


Commission seeks director

Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission members hired 37 seasonal workers at its June 20 meeting.

Lifeguards, concession stand workers, program assistants and maintenance crew were approved.

All passed drug tests prior to their recommendations to the board, Executive Director Jeanne Ashley said.

The search continues for a new program director, she said.

About 15 applications have been received, with three or four well-qualified applicants, Ashley told the board. The office will accept applications through July to interview candidates in August. This would allow a new program director to be “in the saddle” for September, when fall programs start, Ashley said.

In other business, pressed wood-chip surfaces at Unity and Lakeside parks have been updated in annual maintenance work.

Ashley said she had a meeting planned with a landscape architect for the third phase of improvements to Cardinal Park, including a boat ramp. The goal is to have those completed by Sept. 1.

“It might be a little lofty, but that's the goal” before the start of fall soccer programs, Ashley said.

Cameras keep eyes on Playland

Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission Executive Director Jeanne Ashley reported that security cameras installed at Playland in Legion-Keener Park are operating.

Latrobe police officers are able to monitor video feeds from their cars and the station.

Since Playland was reopened in April, about 200 to 400 people are visiting the rebuilt playground every day, Ashley said.

An unsolved arson there caused extensive damage in June 2012, and the commission raised $150,000 to rebuild the play area.

A volunteer maintenance crew may be needed if such heavy use continues, but for now students from Adelphoi Village will be helping out during the summer on Monday mornings, Ashley said.

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