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The North Boroughs / Sewickley Area Meals on Wheels will hold a fund-raising dinner featuring homemade lasagna on Saturday, April 18, 4-6:30 p.m.

The dinner will be held at the St. James Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 28 Pittsburgh St., Emsworth.

Dinners cost $10 each, and smaller-portion meals will be available for $6 each. Take-out meals are also available.


They graduated from Avonworth High School 33 years apart, Tim Hartman in 1977, Andrea Weinzierl in 2010. But in the anything-goes world of theater, they were paired as siblings in last month’s “The Little Mermaid” and now as a budding romantic couple in the Mel Brooks musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s current production.

Hartman plays The Monster, with Weinzierl cast as Elizabeth, who by show’s end has transformed into the bride character from the 1935 film, “The Bride of Frankenstein.” All very Mel Brooks, to be sure.


Holy Family Manor will hold its second annual spaghetti dinner on Friday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The dinner will be held at Community at Holy Family Manor Auditorium, 301 Nazareth Way, Pittsburgh 15229.

Dinner consists of spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara sauce, salad, a roll with butter and dessert. Take out is available.

Dinners costs are: adults, $8.; senior citizens 65 or older, $6.; children ages 6-12, $6.; and children aged 5 or younger are free. Payment must be made by cash or check only.


The Pittsburgh Philharmonic holiday concert and “Toys for Tots” benefit will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at Northgate High School.

The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and children under age 12 are admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door or by contacting People are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy, and will received a certificate for a buy one, get one free admission to an upcoming Philharmonic concert.


In his new book, “Civil War in Pittsburgh: Forge of the Union,” Ben Avon resident and Post-Gazette reporter Len Barcousky describes events in Southwest Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The public is invited to a free event to hear Barcousky tell these stories originally chronicled in Pittsburgh's major newspapers of the era.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


There is a common saying among attorneys that "bad facts make bad law." What this means, in a nutshell, is that when appellate judges are swayed by a particular factual situation and change the law to accommodate those facts, they generally end up making a very bad law that fails to accommodate many other related factual situations, and creates a whole lot of problems for attorneys who are trying to interpret the law. One bad appellate decision can throw a whole bunch of people into a tailspin.


Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based international medical relief agency, has announced the launch of Breathe Hope, the first national campaign to collect used but still useable electric nebulizers (breathing machines) in the United States for donation to asthma sufferers - particularly children -- in Central and South America and the Caribbean who do not have easy access to breathing treatments.

Nebulizers also will be donated to American Lung Association chapters for donation to uninsured/underinsured children and seniors in the United States.


Several Northgate students have earned the opportunities to showcase their vocal talents at events scheduled throughout the Pittsburgh area over the next few weeks.

Senior Chase Dermond, who sang his way through middle school chorus and the high school concert choir, will perform as a member of District I Chorus at Quaker Valley High School, Feb. 6-8.

"It's a great honor to represent our school in Districts, and I hope to make my school proud," Chase said.


“A Grand Day and Night for Singing” is set for Sunday, Dec. 16, at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave..

The day of music begins at the worship service at 10:30 a.m. as the junior choir, chancel choir and bell choir lead the congregation in song. Guest musicians, including string players from the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and soprano Lynn Horton will accompany the choir in the mini-cantata.

At 4:45 p.m., on the front steps of the church, the community is invited to join Christmas caroling in the Ben Avon Community.


With Hurricane Sandy threatening to bring its own brand of horror to the Pittsburgh area, local officials decided it would be better to be safe than sorry, and postponed the trick-or-treating normally held on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Instead, children in all of the North Boroughs will take to the streets on Saturday, Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. The “Haunted Porch” on California Avenue in Avalon also will be held that night.


After spending countless hours this summer installing a fence, a small group of volunteers recently saw the light at the end of said fence, and it was an amazing experience.

Contrary to what I would have expected, putting up a chain link fence is not so hard. It is a lot of work, and it can be a bit tedious, but it's one of those things that just needs to be done when you're building a dog park.


The North Suburban Big Band (NSBB) will present its annual summer jazz concert on Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd. in McCandless.

Featured this year will be arrangements from The Stan Kenton Orchestra, big band charts of well known George Gershwin melodies, and music from Pittsburgh's own Ray DeFade, among others. In addition, Tony Venneri and Jessie Wills will perform a variety of vocals.


Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bellevue will celebrate its annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 20.

The theme for the day is “Women of Courage.” Scripture reference is taken from Esther 7:3.

Rev. Marie Kelly, associate minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, will be the guest preacher for the morning worship service at 11 a.m. Rev. Carol Bronaugh, pastor of Victory Temple Original Church of God in Pittsburgh, will be the guest preacher for the afternoon service beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. For information, call (412)766-8382.


Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 36 Meade Ave., Bellevue, will present a musical concert on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

Featured will be Sonya Carter of Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Nancy H. Johnson of Bethany Baptist Church, both in Pittsburgh.

There will be a free will offering. Everyone is welcome.


The North Suburban Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with "Northern Lights of the Boroughs" on Friday, Dec. 2.

Events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Northgate High School chorus performing at Bellevue Central Methodist Church. The Assumption School chorus will perform there at 1:15 p.m.

Horse and carriage rides will be offered 5-8 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m., as Santa arrives by firetruck.

At 8 p.m., the Pittsburgh Heat hip hop dancers will perform in front of the Central Methodist Church.


Pat Dragowski admits that she feels honored by being named the North Boroughs YMCA's “Volunteer of the Year,” but she is quick to add that the honor should be shared by an enthusiactic board of directors.

Pat grew up in Point Breeze, lived in Bellevue in the mid-1970s, and then moved to Kilbuck after marrying her husband, Robert. She said that the Y has been important to her through all of her years in the North Boroughs.

"I exercised there for years, and my daughter, Laura, was in many of the classes while she was growing up."


People interested in helping refugees resettle in the Pittsburgh area are invited to attend a presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Representatives of Catholic Charities will discuss the refugee service program at Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth from 7 until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

To register, call Johanna at (412)600-1888.


Civic Light Opera's current production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Benedum Center includes two area actors performing in the children's choir in the musical that runs through Aug. 14.

Allison Adams and Felicia Niebel earned their positions in the "Hosanna" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" scenes following auditions on May 10.

Both girls have previous theatrical experience.

Allison appeared in the children's choir for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in 2009, "A Musical Christmas Carol" in 2010, and in "Evita" in March at Point Park Playhouse.


I have done a good bit of traveling in the southern United States, Mexico and the Carribbean. In addition to the beautiful scenery and points of interest, there is a rhythm in these areas that draws you in. It doesn't take long before you find your heart rate slowing, your blood pressure dropping, your movements becoming more languid and relaxed.

It's not just being on vacation, you know. The way of life along the tropical beaches of this hemisphere is slower, life is more casual, the pace of everything becomes a relaxing crawl.


Avonworth filmmakers (seated) Olivia Konopka, Sam Werley, Tad Abramowich and (standing) Nathan Pool took first place in a regional competition with their animated film “Candy.”


Northgate students, from left, Kelia Morrison, Sarah Amick and Rachelle Mortimer are spearheading an Earth Day project that not only will teach fellow students about environmental conservation, but get them involved in saving gorilla habitats.

Northgate High School recently kicked off its "Lights Off" project in celebration of Earth Day. The project began on April 9 and runs through April 19.


Avonworth High School will host a series of informal discussions to develop international connections and awareness of global neighbors during “Global Evenings at Avonworth” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

The features speakers are Frank Li, founding member, Pittsburgh China Chamber of Commerce; Annie Macher Prucey, vice president, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh; and Donna Lee Siple, executive director, Japan-America Society of Pittsburgh.

The topic is “Pittsburgh’s Growing Connections to East Asia; Partnerships with China and Japan.”


The next general membership meeting of the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Pittsburgh Morrow Building (corner of Davis abd Fleming avenues in the auditorium.

The guest speaker will be Caroline Wiest, the project manager for the “Gateway to the Promise” at Oliver High School.


If you hang around Bellevue Council meetings long enough, you'll find that certain ideas and topics come up again and again, a few years apart.

Most people don't recognize this because, quite frankly, people with intact cognitive functions do not hang around Bellevue Council meetings for very long if they want to remain that way.

Some people, however, must attend because it is their job to do so. And they eventually start to see the stories repeat themselves.