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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

Scottdale Business and Professional Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Miss Martha's Tea Room, Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale. If interested in attending a future meeting, contact club President Angie Marhefka.

Susan Wright of Scottdale recently placed first in the professional division with her “Candyland” entry at the eighth Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Contest. She is also competing in a gingerbread house competition in Mt. Pleasant; all houses there will be on display at various Mt. Pleasant businesses, located on Main Street in the borough, until Friday. All monies received will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

I hope you got to participate in the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce's “12 Days of Giveaways.” The drawing will be held Friday.

St. Vincent College, Latrobe will present a planetarium show Saturday titled “Star of Bethlehem Christmas Show.” Make your reservation by calling the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing at 724-805-2631.

A blue Christmas service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Mulberry and Hickory streets, Scottdale. For more information, call 724-887-6000.

Kid Stitch class is held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Scottdale Public Library. For more information, call Caroline Bailey at 724-887-0952.

Enjoy Sunday Brunch and a seasonal craft with Mrs. Claus and her holiday friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Miss Martha's Tea Room, 165 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Cost of brunch is $15 and must be prepaid. There will be a Ghirardelli chocolate fountain on the dessert table. For a reservation, call 724-887-6574.

Woodcrest Senior Living Community has invited the following entertainment: Bruce Katz, a singer and keyboardist, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight) and the Scottdale Area United Methodist Youth Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Do you have time to help with stray or feral cats in the Scottdale Borough? Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 724-610-9292 or visit at

If you are a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters, see them in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.

The Blackburn Center, Greensburg, always can use a hand, especially around the holidays. The center has a list of items that are needed; call 724-837-9540 for more information.

Christmas is only five days away. Have you purchased delicious hard tack candy from St. Joseph Church, Everson? Call Ray at 724-529-2850 or Jason at 724-887-3718 to see if the church still has it available.

Westmoreland County Community College is starting spring classes Jan. 10, 2013. Now is the time to enroll. For more information, call 800-262-2103.

Remember to make a New Year's resolution in 2013 to become a member of the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce, which is open to individuals and businesses.

The first day of winter begins Friday. If the weather stays like we are currently having, it will be wonderful.

Readers, I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas Day to enjoy time with family and friends. Always remember the “Reason for the Season.”

Have a marvelous Day!

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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