Scottdale Christmas parade set for Saturday at noon
Strike up the band for the Scottdale Christmas Parade at noon Saturday. Santa will come in on the fire truck and will be ready to talk to all the boys and girls at the gazebo at the end of the parade. See you there!
Give your dog the best present of the season, a 2005 license. You can go directly to the treasurer's office at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, 2 North Main St., Suite 110, Greensburg, PA 15601. There is a special price for a lifetime dog license, senior citizens and disability fee discount if you are under age 65. For details, call 1-800-442-6926 or 724-830-3174.
West Overton Village will be decked out in full holiday splendor, reminiscent of a Dickens novel and lovely as a Currier & Ives print. Come visit from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 18 and 19 and warm up with hot apple cider and cookies in the summer kitchen then tour the Overholt Mansion which is dressed for the season. While there, stop and shop in the Holiday Barn, which features crafts and baked goods from local vendors. Tours of the mansion and refreshments are $5. Donations are appreciated. All proceeds support the preservation and restoration of West Overton Museums, Route 819, Scottdale. Visit www.westovertonmuseum.org or call 724-887-7910.
There will be a Holiday Gift Bazaar held from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at Marks Place, Everson Valley Road, Everson, off the Route 119 Everson Exit. Handcrafted and unique items will be on display for your Christmas shopping needs. The volunteers of The Pet Adoption League of Yukon will have a table selling pet gift baskets and pet items for the holidays at this bazaar. All proceeds will go to The Pet Adoption League, a no-kill shelter.
Bundle up and stay warm for the Christmas House tour to be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, eight homes in the Scottdale and Ruffsdale area will welcome all who wish to visit, as the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors its first "Christmas Elegance" tour. Some of the homes featured are more than 100 years old; some are quite new. Co-chairpersons are Dennis and Cynthia Mulligan, who have done a fantastic job on designing the ticket for the tour. There is still time to purchase tickets at Collections by Marty, Fox's Pizza Den and the Scottdale Borough Building. Don't miss this opportunity to see these beautiful homes.
St. John's Parochial School on South Broadway St. is looking for volunteers to help with its fund-raiser. Ticket sale locations will be National City on Dec. 17, K-Mart Dec. 14 to 21 and Jan. 4, 14, 16 and 30, 2005. all day and Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 7 to 9 and 21 to 23. For more information or to volunteer, call 724-887-9550. Thanks in advance.
On Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., enjoy a spaghetti dinner at Christ United Methodist Church, 203 Market St. For take out, call 724-887-6724.
You might want to reserve your ticket for the performance of "The Velveteen Rabbit" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 to 18 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19. For ticket information, call 724-887-0887.
Bear lovers like myself, check out the Gund Bears fund-raiser by Trinity United Methodist Church, Mulberry and North Hickory streets, call 724-887-6000 or Karen Onder at 724-887-6108.
On Saturday, dance the night away at Scottdale Elks No. 777 with music by Mixx. Dance is from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the Elks Building Fund Committee.
On Monday, the monthly council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 10 Mount Pleasant Road. Public is always welcome to attend.
Scottdale Business and Professional Women, remember to bring your toys, donation or money donation to the monthly meeting tonight. The Salvation Army thanks you in advance.
On Tuesday, the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6 p.m. at the Kapr Family Center on Pittsburgh Street. Did you remember to return your ballots by Dec. 12 to SACC, P.O. Box 5311, Scottdale, PA 15683?
On Saturday, there will be a hometown Christmas at Scottdale Showtime Theatre. For your listening enjoyment, sit back and hear the music of the Bell Choir, Scottdale Community Band and the Heritage Singers. Admission is $5. For more information, call 724-887-0887.
There seems to be so much to do, card mailing, gifts to wrap and package to ship to other states to loved ones, baking, etc. Take time out to be concerned about those in nursing homes, hospitals, displaced persons and those less fortunate than yourself. Sometimes a phone call, a brief visit, a couple of cookies in a pretty, festive Christmas bag could really brighten their day.
Readers, if you live long enough, it could be you away from your home and you know how you would appreciate it.
Have a great start for the holiday season this week.