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North Hills events this week to help you shake off the humbug before Christmas

Tony LaRussa
| Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

North Hills residents are invited to a pair of free events this week to help usher in the holiday season with music, activities and opportunities to help the less fortunate.

McCandless Crossing

Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m. — Santa and his elves will arrive on a fire truck to light the Christmas tree on the Town Center Lawn.

Live music will be performed by the Aquinas Academy choir, the North Allegheny High School drumline and the musical group Endeavor.

Free hot chocolate and candy canes will be served and kids can get free photos with Santa.

The event will also serve as a “Fill That Truck” toy drive. Participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Women’s Choice Network.

If it rains or snows, the event will be held in the lobby of the Fairfield Inn & Suites along Providence Boulevard.

The Block Northway

Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — “A Community of Music” student music showcase will be held in the south corridor near DSW and Wahlburgers.

Sponsored by the non-profit group North Hills Cares, the event will feature performances by the North Hills High School Chamber Strings and ARROW Men’s Ensemble, the Shaler Area Elementary Singers, the Avonworth High School Chamber Singers and North Allegheny singer/songwriter Melina Bowser.

There also will be prizes, crafts, face painting, treats for the kids and free photos with Santa.

People who attend the free event are asked to “Fill the Sleigh” by donating individually packaged, shelf-stable food items to benefit the participating school districts’ backpack programs that send food home with students who may not have enough to eat during weekends and school breaks.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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