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Safety, fun focus of Night Out events

| Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002

Monroeville's annual Night Out against crime will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Palace Inn rear parking lot. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Night Out combines safety education and fun for all ages with the chance to meet local firefighters and police and representatives from the FBI, Army, Marine Corps, Marshal Service and Navy.

Events will include a live demonstration of an accident scene rescue, a child-size fire safety house, car seat safety check and a crash simulator.

Other activities include a silent auction, classic and vintage cars, a 35-foot McGruff the Crime Dog plus games, clowns, a dunking booth, food booths and community booths.

For details about Night Out, contact Amanda Settelmaier, Monroeville's grant and communications coordinator, at (412) 856-3488.

  • "Impressions in Fiber," an exhibit by Monroeville artist Sandy Kephart, will be displayed Aug. 3 to Sept. 28 in the Monroeville Public Library, 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.

    The self-taught artist has taught sewing and fiber arts for 20 years and uses fabrics, yarns, specialty threads and free motion machine stitching to create her works.

    She has won regional awards and belongs to the Monroeville Arts Council and South Arts.

    Gallery space is open during regular hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

    An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

    Oakland/East Liberty

    Two free clinics for children who need chicken pox or hepatitis B vaccines are scheduled Saturday.

    The clinics will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the Pittsburgh Board of Education parking lot, 419 S. Dithridge St., Oakland, and from 1 to 3 p.m. outside Reizenstein Middle School, 129 Denniston Ave., East Liberty.

    Both will be in the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and are open to children from all areas of Allegheny County.

    Vaccines will be given to children entering seventh grade or starting school in kindergarten or first grade this year. Both vaccines are required beginning with this school year.

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For details, call (412) 622-3940.


    Penn State McKeesport will have an information session for adult students from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in Frable Conference Center.

    Admissions advisers will answer questions about academic programs. For details, call (412) 675-9010.


    The American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania will sponsor "Camp Huff 'n Puff" for children ages 8 through 13 with mild to severe asthma from Aug. 15-18 at the Jumonville Conference and Retreat Center in Jumonville.

    Staffed by medical volunteers, the camp will feature asthma self-management classes and traditional camping activities.

    Tuition is $100, and scholarships are available for first-time campers.

    For details, call (800) 220-1990.


    The Pitcairn High School Alumni Association will have its annual picnic at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Sugar Camp Park in the borough.

    Picnickers are asked to bring a dish for a pot luck dinner. Hot dogs, soft drinks and coffee will be provided.

    For details, call Bud and Gloria Crandall at (412) 372-6056 or Don Fails at (412) 372-8258.

    Penn Hills/Squirrel Hill

    Beginning in September, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania will offer a Family-to-Family Education Program for friends and family of people with severe mental illness. Classes will begin Sept. 3 in Penn Hills and Sept. 17 in Squirrel Hill. The program is a free 12-week course that focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, co-occurring mental illness and addictive disorders. All classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks. Each class is taught by trained family members who will discuss the clinical treatment of these illnesses and provide knowledge and skills. The course and all materials are furnished at no cost to participants. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call (412) 366-3788 or toll free at (888) 264-7972.


    Dravosburg Council promoted a part-time police officer to full time and hired three new part-timers.

    Timothy Conboy, a part-timer for 12 years, will be paid $10 an hour, plus benefits and paid vacation. New part-timers John Gobbels, John Legin and Scott Madar will receive $8.75 an hour.

    Council also hired Robert Ignat as a substitute crossing guard pending passage of a background check.


    The Rev. William Heaton, director of pastoral care at UPMC McKeesport, will lead a bereavement support group from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday beginning next week and continuing until Sept. 11.

    Sessions will be in the patient family education room on D level of the Mansfield Building. Free parking will be available in the hospital garage.

    Although there is no charge for the group, registration is requested.

    To register, call (412) 664-2057.

  • Cooks representing 18 nationalities will prepare traditional dishes at the 43rd annual International Village Ethnic Food Festival from 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 13-15 in Renziehausen Park.

    At 6 p.m. the first day, UPMC McKeesport will sponsor the annual "Colors of Love" rally celebrating ethnic diversity.

    Entertainment will include ethnic musicians and dancers, the McKeesport Area High School Tiger Marching Band, mimes and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. the final day.

    Admission is $1.


    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has awarded grants totaling more than $4,700 to two eastern entities to continue developing arts activities.

    The McKeesport Symphony Orchestra will receive $3,835 and the Plum School District $875 to use at Center Elementary School.

    Begun in 1966, the council supports individual and nonprofit arts organizations and fosters excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the state.

    North Versailles Township

    The nursery school at Linway United Presbyterian Church, 600 Greensburg Ave., is accepting registrations for children ages 3 and 4 for the upcoming school year.

    Two-hour sessions, both mornings and afternoons, for 3-year-olds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions half an hour longer and also both mornings and afternoons for 4-year-olds will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    The school runs from September through May.

    For details, call the church at (412) 824-3555.

    Mon Valley

    This week's free entertainment in the Mon Valley begins with the annual festival of St. Mark Parish, Liberty, from 7 to 10 p.m. today through Saturday.

    Features will include children's activities, crafts, a flea market, face painting and entertainment. Food booths will open at 5:30.

  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, jazz artists Jennie Luvv and the Jellyroll Bakers will perform in a "See the Valley" concert in the Citizens Bank parking lot, Eighth Avenue and McClure Street, Homestead. Food will be available.

  • Two municipalities are celebrating Community Day on Saturday.

    Duquesne's will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wylie Avenue playground and feature magic, a petting zoo, dancing, basketball and pony rides. Gospel singing wil be at 3 p.m.

    North Braddock's will be from noon to 11 p.m. at the North Braddock Housing Association ball field, Locust Street and Wolf Avenue. Highlights will include games, carnival rides, children's crafts, Jimmy Sapienza's 5 Guys Named Moe at 4:30, William Dell and the Wee Jams at 8:30 and fireworks.

  • From 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Chuck Corby and Quiet Storm will perform at the North Versailles Community Center next to the township building on Greensburg Avenue.

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