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Area briefs: Pet Friends next Meet-A-Pet event

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

Pet Friends next Meet-A-Pet event is Saturday, and features adoptable dogs at Burton's Total Pet, 8957 Route 30, North Huntingdon, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Adoptable cats are available at PetSmart, 6216 Route 30, Hempfield, all week, during regular store hours.

For more information or to preview adoptable pets, visit or call 724-863-7722.

Pet Food Drive

Poochie's annual holiday pet food drive runs through Dec. 31.

Donations of dog and cat food, pet treats and kitty litter can be dropped off at their building, located at 14139 Route 30, North Huntingdon, during regular business hours.

The donations will be distributed to local non-profit organizations and other needy animals.

For more information, call 412-824-8440.

Harff Holiday Light Extravaganza

Jamie's Dream Team plans to collect donations at the “Harff Holiday Light Extravaganza,” an elaborate and choreographed Christmas light display, at 1907 Bernice Drive, North Huntingdon.

The display runs through Jan. 1, and is available from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 5:30 until midnight on weekends.

Tree recycling

Westmoreland Cleanways offers Christmas tree recycling at several locations, including:

• Valley Landfill, Pleasant Valley Road, North Huntingdon, weekdays between Dec. 27 through Jan. 31, from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.

• The North Huntingdon Township Public Works building, 12319 Route 30 West, North Huntingdon, each weekend in January, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Before recycling, all decorations, lights, tree skirts and bags must be removed from the tree, which will be turned into mulch.

For more information, call 724-836-4129.

Frosty benefit

Wendy's offers $1 key tags to benefit the American Red Cross and Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division.

The key tags entitle its owner to free Jr. Frostys through Dec. 31, 2013.

Wendy's plans to donate 80 cents from each tag to each organization.

Key tags are available at Wendy's, 9130 Route 30, North Huntingdon.

North Irwin Volunteer Fire Company

• North Irwin Volunteer Fire Company is selling hoagies from 10:30 a.m. until sold out in the parking lot of the Speed-E Mart at Station Street and Paintertown Road, Irwin, on Jan. 12.

The fire department sells the handmade hoagies on the second Saturday of each month for $6. Each hoagie comes with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing.

• The North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department hosts spaghetti dinners on the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Spaghetti is available for eat-in or take-out.

For more information, or to place a take-out order, call 724-863-9889.


North Huntingdon AARP 3221 tour director Lavona Douglas is accepting reservations for three overnight trips in 2013.

The trips include the Tulip Festival in Holland, Mich., May 8 to 11; a visit to the Baltimore Inner Harbor during the week of July 15; and the Midwest Adventure, which includes stops at Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and other attractions, on Sept. 12 to 21.

The AARP requires a $100 deposit for each trip, and payments can be made.

For more information, contact Douglas at 412-896-4972.

Penns Woods Civic Association

Penns Woods Civic Association hosts Sunday Eve Bingo every Sunday at its facility, located at 860 Colonial Manor Road, North Huntingdon.

Doors open at 5:30, and bingo begins at 7 p.m., with a full kitchen open throughout the evening.

The game features only paper bingo cards, and computers are not used.

Norwin Area Meals on Wheels

• Norwin Area Meals on Wheels offers “Meals from the Heart,” a cookbook featuring more than 500 recipes compiled by the organization's volunteers.

The book, which costs $15, is bound in a hard-covered, three-ringed binder with removable pages. Recipes include desserts, old favorites and contemporary dishes.

All proceeds benefit Norwin Area Meals on Wheels.

For more information, or to purchase a book, contact Jean Tromm at 724-861-9202 or

• Norwin Area Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals.

For more information on volunteering, contact Jean Tromm at 724-861-9202 or

• Norwin Area Meals on Wheels offers hot noontime meals to the residents of the Norwin region.

Meals can be delivered to residents recovering from hospital or nursing home stays, or who have difficulty cooking a hot meal for themselves, and have no one home during the day to cook for them.

Meals are $4 each, and are delivered Monday through Friday. For current recipients, frozen meal trays are available for weekends for $3 each.

For more information, or to apply for delivery, call 724-861-9202.


The Norwin Community Resource Center hosts free Zumba Gold classes on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Leisa Maghery, a certified Zumba instructor from Janet's School of Dance, leads each class.

Participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

For more information, call 724-382-5133.

Grief Support

The Medi Home Health and Hospice's bereavement department is hosting a grief support group on the first Wednesday of each month, at 2 p.m. at 1001 Route 30, Irwin.

The group offers support for those grieving the loss of a friend or loved one.

For more information, call 724-863-7190.

Volunteers sought

Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers who can spend one to two hours per week visiting patients in the area.

The organization provides free training.

For details, call Karen or Paula at 724-744-1408.

Faith in Action

• Faith in Action, a nationally recognized program connecting interfaith and community volunteers with seniors in need, offers free home safety checks for senior citizens.

The safety checks include a visit from volunteers who inspect for fall and fire hazards, distribute needed safety supplies, and using provide recommendations to help homeowners live more safely in their own homes.

For more information on a free home safety check, or to volunteer, contact Faith in Action at 724-863-5950.

• Faith in Action is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers provide free non-medical services such as trips to the grocery store and doctor appointments, telephone reassurance calls, friendly visits, home safety checks, and much more.

Faith in Action is in partnership with the United Way of Westmoreland County.

For more information, call 724-863-5950.

Sing it!

• The Irwin Male Chorus is always looking for new members.

The minimum age is 16, and willing to attend rehearsals and concerts.

Rehearsals are Monday nights at First Baptist Church, 1228 Brinkerton Road, Greensburg, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call George Muentzner at 412-610-9550.

• The Mon Yough Community Singers are looking for new members.

The group sings an array of show tunes, spiritual and gospel songs, holiday and patriotic music and cultural folk songs. The group sings competitively, and is also available for public and private performances.

For more information, visit

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