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Operation Santa Claus needs books

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:52 p.m.

Operation Santa Claus is looking for new or used children's books for the 2012 holiday season. For drop-off locations, call 724-834-1151.

The community is invited to an evening Christmas party Saturday at Everson Evangelical Church Ministry Center located at 414 Painter St., Everson. A full turkey dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed with story time, a puppet show and Santa Claus arriving with gifts for all children. The event is free and is open to the community. To attend, call with the number of attending to 724-887-7633 or email at

Saturday is great time to visit Scottdale. Several events will be going on. The Bookworm Book, Craft and Bake Goods Boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Scottdale Public Library, Spring Street. For more information, call 724-887-6140. The Scottdale Historical Society will hold its Christmas House Tour; for more information, call 724-887-5045. The Winter Light Celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Scottdale Gazebo and will include a visit and photo session with Santa. Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Mulberry Street, will hold a pie social from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Have you noticed work being performed on South Broadway, where the Acme store used to be? Homes Build Hope broke ground and are working on the upcoming apartment complex, which hopefully will be completed by September. If you are interested in being on a waiting list, call 724-838-0752, There will be 32 units — 29 that have one bedroom and four, two-bedroom apartments.

Don't miss out, order your hard tack candy from St. Joseph Church, Everson, by calling 724-529-2850 (ask for Ray) or 724-887-3718 (ask for Jason). Also, a Dec. 15 Christmas Eve dinner will be held at St. Joseph social hall, Painter and Vance streets, Everson. For ticket information, call above phone numbers.

If you missed the performance of the Greater Scottdale Area Choral Society at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Scottdale, you can hear the choral society Sunday at the Perryopolis United Methodist Church, Monday at the Philip G. Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church, Dawson; Dec. 9 at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, Connellsville; and Dec. 10 at the St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant. All concerts start at 7 p.m.

Admire the decorated Christmas trees at the Warden Mansion, Mt. Pleasant, from 7 to 9 tonight, from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. These are themed trees and can be purchased.

The Friends of the Scottdale Library will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. New members are always welcome. For more information, call 724-887-6140.

The Scottdale Senior Citizens organization will hold its meeting on Tuesday at the Scottdale Firemens Social Club, Porter Avenue. For more details and the time, call Pat Etling at 724-628-8519.

Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action, a United Way of Westmoreland County program that provides free volunteer services to local senior citizens in need, is looking for volunteers to help seniors remain independent in their homes. Call director Melaney Hegyes at 724-542-4117 or e-mail for more information.

Deepest sympathy to the families of Gilbert Seese and C. Walter Keibler, two former educators in the Scottdale/Southmoreland School systems. They were two great teachers.

Readers, it's time to view Overly's Country Christmas at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds. Add that to your list of things to do this holiday season.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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