Friday, December 30, 2011
In return, pine mulch will be available for residents at no cost after Feb. 4.
Taking down the Christmas tree is a bittersweet moment, but enlivens a fresh start for a new year. Am I correct? So why not start with recycling? Peters Township will be accepting Christmas trees at Peterswood Park through Jan. 31. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said they should be dropped off at Baseball Field #2's parking lot. In return, pine mulch will be available for residents at no cost after Feb. 4. Public Works Director Peter Overcashier said an average of 200 trees are collected and recycled annually. For questions, call 724-941-6161.
Here are some ideas!
1. Milkshake Happy Hour Where/When: Chick-fil-A, 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday Why Go?: Chick-Fil-A is offering half-price milkshakes for a special holiday promotion. Come finish off 2011 with a yummy treat. 2. Holiday Bird Show Where?/When?: National Aviary, 12 p.m. on Friday through Saturday Why Go?: Fleury, a one year-old Snowy Owl will perform at the National Aviary! This fun-filled and comical twist on the traditional carol song, the show will have audiences singing along! Audiences will enjoy free-flight bird appearances while learning lesser known bird trivia, including why Santa chose reindeer instead of penguins to fly his sleigh. This show is not included in general admission. Pricing: General admission: $13/adults; $12/seniors; $11/…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Through Dec. 31, Wendy’s customers can buy a key tag for a year of tasty treats.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A Wendy’s holiday fundraiser will raise money for the American Red Cross while providing a tasty year-long treat for customers. Now through Dec. 31 of this year, customers can buy Jr. Frosty key tags at participating area Wendy’s restaurants for $1. By showing that key tag on subsequent visits to Wendy’s, customers will receive a free Jr. Frosty as often as they wish through Dec. 31, 2012. Wendy’s will donate 50 percent of the net proceeds of key tag sales to the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Region and the other 50 percent to the Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division. This is the fifth year for the promotion; last year, key tag sales raised more than $36,000 for the local Red Cross. The Red Cross will use proceeds …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Cathedral of Learning’s 27 functional classrooms, rich in heritage, are adorned in traditional holiday decor through Jan. 15, 2012.
Where can you visit 27 countries in one day? The University of Pittsburgh. Nestled inside the towering 42-story Cathedral of Learning—the world’s second tallest university building—sit small rooms, rich in heritage, each architecturally designed and decorated in the style of the country it represents. Especially beautiful during the holidays, the Nationality Rooms are bedecked in holiday décor through Jan. 15, 2012. So why not take a tour? On the weekends—through Jan. 14—narrated tape tours are available, without prior reservation, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The last tape tour is dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Guided holiday tours are available from 10 a.m. daily, with the exception of …
Through the tough times, the organization pushes forward to end hunger.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank continues to put food on the tables of people in need across the region—with the number of families served growing every month because of an economy riddled with layoffs, unemployment benefits running out and other economic challenges. Currently serving 120,000 people per month, according to Iris Valanti, public relations director at the food bank, the organization also has been serving 3,500 new families every month this year. “We are seeing the results of some layoffs and unemployment and also underemployment—people making less wages or working part-time,” Valanti said. “The economy has definitely made a difference.” In 2009, the food bank was serving 1,500 new families a month, while in 2010, …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Documenting the festivities? Share your photos with us.
Merry Christmas, Peters Township! Did Santa stop by? Are the kids knee deep in wrapping paper—or perhaps the cat is? Is the ham in the oven? Is "A Christmas Story" blaring from the TV? Have you had your coffee and cookies? We want to see! Share your photos simply by clicking where it says "Upload Photos and Videos." Upload photos of food, family and/or your Christmas gifts! We want to know what Santa brought you and how you're spending the holiday. While you're at it, enter our Deck the House contest for your last chance to win $100,000 for the Peters Township School District and $500 for you to put toward your December electric bill. Enter at http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/peters/about. Once uploaded, get back to your family and …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
About 60 local folks underwent free cleanings, exams and other work for free thanks to these local dentists.
In a word, Gina Tebesco said Smiles for Santa is “awesome.” The McDonald woman sat with her son, Andrew, 11, in the waiting room at Steliotes Dental Spa in McMurray where the boy was scheduled for a cleaning and tooth extraction. At no cost, of course. In fact, none of the approximately 60 patients seen by Steliotes and Dr. Lindsay Visnic paid for their dental work earlier this month, when the office held its 10th annual Smiles For Santa program. Steliotes, Visnic and the staff donated their time Dec. 2 to patients who don’t have dental insurance and couldn’t otherwise afford to have work done—something the office said is more than appreciated by the recipients, who come from all over. “It’s so nice to be able to help people out,” Visnic …
The Clarks' lead vocalist Scott Blasey starred as the partridge in a pear tree at the elementary's annual holiday sing-a-long on Thursday.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Saturday, December 24, 2011
On Thursday, students at Bower Hill Elementary took part in their annual holiday sing-a-long. The students sang holiday songs and were treated to a quick visit from Santa before he headed back to the North Pole for final Christmas preparations. Included among the songs was a special rendition of "Silent Night"—the students learned the song in sign language this year from music teachers Bob Tupper and Barb Viola. The sing-a-long ended with a Bower Hill tradition—the “12 Days of Christmas." Students sang while teachers and staff acted out the song. A special guest—lead singer Scott Blasey of The Clarks (and a Bower Hill parent)—took on the starring role of the partridge in a pear tree.
Friday, December 23, 2011
The Peters Township salon's event brought in donations of coats, toiletries and money for a Pittsburgh homeless shelter.
The two may have seemed an unlikely pair, but an ESPN radio broadcast and Geno Levi Salon joined forces quite successfully to support a great cause. ESPN radio hosts Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfey weren't in the locker room for Thursday's broadcast, but live at the McMurray salon, which held a fundraiser for Pittsburgh’s Light of Life Rescue Mission. The pair of radio hosts from ESPN AM 970 show, In the Locker Room with Tunch and Wolf, talked sports and giving from noon to 2 p.m. while the salon's customers donated to the Pittsburgh-based homeless shelter and ministry. As the business buzzed with holiday hustle, black and gold was at least as prominent as red and green—the Geno Levi staff turned out in their Steelers' best. Ilkin told those …
A recipe to please plenty of palates during the holidays.
Earlier this week, my mom was asked for the innards of this Blue Cheese Ball recipe she made last year for a holiday party. She recovered a recipe that includes simply five palate-pleasing ingredients. Ingredients: 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup crumbled blue cheese 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup sliced almonds Directions: Editor's Note: Listening to the Elvis original, "Blue Christmas," while in the kitchen, is encouraged.