Notes & Events

Notes & Events for Apr-May 2016

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Speak With Representative English “One-On-One”

Residents in the 30th Legislative District will have the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with Representative English.  If you would like to share your concerns or ideas with Representative English, he will be available at the following locations and dates:

Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Hampton Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park and from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Northern Tier Regional Library, 4015 Dickey Road, Gibsonia.

Friday, April 8, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw

Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh

Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at North Tier Regional Library and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Hampton Community Center

Thursday, May 5, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Cooper Siegel Community Library and from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Northern Tier Regional Library

Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Shaler North Hills Library and from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Hampton Community Center

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Open Your Heart to a Senior Needs Volunteers 

Open Your Heart to a Senior needs volunteers year round and countywide. The number one volunteer service request by seniors in Allegheny County is a ride to the doctor. Do you have an hour a week or month to help? United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior volunteers can take seniors to appointments or the grocery store, deliver meals, help at senior centers, just visit or take a senior out for dinner, do light yard work and more. Please register to attend an upcoming information session (dates and phone numbers below). For more information about OYHS, call the United Way helpline at 2-1-1, email openyourheart@uwac.org or visit www.oyhs.org. Upcoming local events include:

April 14 – 6:00 p.m. at Shaler North Hills Library, 1822 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Register by contacting Kerry at kkmulhern@nhco.org, 412-449-0151.

May 26 – 4:30 p.m. at North Hills Community Outreach Allison Park. Register by contacting Cathy at clpschirer@nhco.org, 412-307-0069 x3313.

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Vulakovich Sponsoring Senior & Disability Expo

Senator Randy Vulakovich is sponsoring a Senior and Disability Resource Expo, to be held on Friday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Springdale Veteran’s Association, 1151 Pittsburgh Street in Springdale. The Expo will feature booths with valuable information for senior citizens, individuals of all ages with a disability and caregivers.  Exhibitors will include state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and local disability advocacy groups. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and door prizes will be offered. 

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“Safety for Seniors” Volunteers Needed

North Hills Community Outreach invites volunteers to conduct Safety for Seniors checks, Saturday, April 30. Training is at 10:00 a.m. in the North Hills Community Outreach Community Room, 1975 Ferguson Road, Hampton Township. After the training, volunteers will be sent to a senior’s home in groups of two to conduct a safety check. Volunteers must be able to operate a drill to install smoke alarms, if needed. Registration is required. Please call Cathy at 412-307-0069 x3313 for additional details.

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Aquinas Academy Ranked #1 Catholic High School in PA

Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh, located in Hampton Township, was recently ranked #1 among Catholic high schools in the state of Pennsylvania for the second year in a row. Schools achieve this ranking by obtaining high scores on a number of criteria including SAT/ACT tests, student-teacher ratio, quality of colleges that students consider and reviews from students and parents. Aquinas Academy’s Head of School, Leslie Mitros, acknowledged the honor by saying “I am pleased that the efforts of the students, the quality of the educational program, and the success of the alumnae have merited this recognition among Catholic high schools in Pennsylvania.” 

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Mobile Shredding Event Sponsored by Rep English >PIX

State Representative Hal English and Comcast will provide an off-site mobile shredding event on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in conjunction with Hampton Township School District’s Recycle Rama.  The event will take place in Hampton High School’s parking lot, 2929 McCully Road, Allison Park, PA  15101.  Secure collection of personal documents will be provided at no charge.  Limit 2 bags or boxes.  No books, magazines or metal other than staples. For more information, please call the office of State Representative Hal English at 412-487-6605.

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Nativity Lutheran Church Celebrates 50 Years

On February 27, 1966, Nativity Lutheran Church found its home in Allison Park. This year, the congregation is celebrating its 50th year, with the promise to grow in service to God and the community for another 50 years. Nativity’s congregation, which has survived adversity after nearly being forced twice to close its doors, is planning a special service of commemoration and banquet Sunday, October 2, to remember all that has happened since its founding and to look to the future.

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Upcoming Events at Beechwood Farms  >PIX

Join us every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. for a free, naturalist-led “Birds and More” nature hike. And be sure to sign up for summer camps and Mothers’ Day brunch with Audubon! We’re located at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel. Visit www.aswp.org or call (412) 963-6100 to learn more.

April

2 Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt

9 Citizen Science: Project Budburst

14 Preschool Program: Spring Peepers

15 Frog Watch

23 Permaculture Sustainable Landscapes

30 Migratory Bird Hike

May

5 Babes in the Woods

7 Mothers’ Day Brunch

12 Preschool Program: The Dandelion Seed

14 Opening Day:  Audubon Center for Native Plants

14 Migratory Bird Hike

14 Birding 101

15 Nature Hike: Birds and Blooms

28 Citizen Science: Hummingbirds at Home

June

2 Babes in the Woods

4 Make and Take: Create a Walking Stick

9 Preschool Program: Swimmy the Fish

17 Citizen Science: Firefly Watch

18 Organic Gardening Solutions

24 ‘Round the Campfire

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Kirby Named New Director for Western Allegheny Library >PIX

Western Allegheny Community Library (WACL) recently announced the promotion of Hampton resident, Amanda Kirby, as its new Director. Kirby, who has been with the library since 2011, succeeds Marianne Sforza, who had been the library’s director since the organization’s inception in 1990. Though Sforza officially retired from her role as director on December 31, 2015, she will continue to work as a consultant through June to help oversee the leadership transition. “Marianne has been a wonderful mentor for me over the past several years and I am grateful for her leadership during this transition,” said Kirby. Kirby, who previously held the roles of Assistant Director and Head of Youth Services, has been an integral part of the library’s leadership for years. Most recently, she served on a committee in partnership with the West Allegheny School District and Monark Student Transportation to add library services with a new community Book Bus.

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NHCO Programs and Events for April and May

Mini-Golf to raise funds for NHCO and families in need

Tickets are available through May 2 for North Hills Community Outreach’s 15th annual Mini-Masters miniature golf tournament, to be held at RMU’s Island Sports Complex May 12 at 5 p.m. Play mini-golf and enjoy dinner with friends, and raise funds for NHCO and families in need. Form a foursome or come unattached, and enjoy 18 holes, dinner and a silent auction. Fees include mini-golf and dinner: foursome $175 ($91 is tax-deductible) or individual $45 ($24 is tax deductible). Register online at nhco.org/2016-minimasters-registration or call Nancy at 412-307-0069 x 2211.

Raise funds for NHCO in the Highmark Walk

Join North Hills Community Outreach in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community May 14. Registration is free and you may pledge or raise funds at your desired level. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised for NHCO support NHCO’s programs to help local families in need. Register at walkforahealthycommunity.org. This event is family- and dog-friendly. For more information, please contact Maria at mschristina@nhco.org or 412-408-3830.

NHCO offers WorkAble Career Services in Bellevue

WorkAble provides free career consulting and employment mentoring to unemployed and underemployed job seekers in Allegheny County. Career consultant office hours in Bellevue are 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., every Tuesday in NHCO offices, 1st floor, AGH-Suburban, 100 S. Jackson Avenue, Bellevue. Appointments may be made by calling 412-904-5993. WorkAble is a United Way-funded partnership of North Hills Community Outreach, the Career Development Center and South Hills Interfaith Ministries. 

Ask the Attorney sessions for low-income families

Free legal consultation for non-criminal issues such as divorce, bankruptcy, credit issues, family matters, rent disputes and more is available for families in need, at North Hills Community Outreach locations, the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., except December. The next ATA sessions are: NHCO North Boroughs, April 20, and NHCO Allison Park, May 18. Attendees MUST preregister for these sessions by contacting Brady at briedel@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3217.

NHCO Volunteer Orientations

North Hills Community Outreach will host Volunteer Orientation sessions at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Road and at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 12, in NHCO Millvale, 416 Lincoln Avenue. Volunteers are needed for all sites. Needs include volunteers for the US Open concessions in June, drivers to transport seniors to appointments, volunteers to stock our newsletters and brochures in various communities, receptionists and more. Please contact Harriet at hzgibbs@nhco.org or 412-408-3830 x 3204 to register.

NHCO Speakers Available

North Hills Community Outreach has volunteer speakers who will speak to your business, congregation, civic group or school at no charge about our programs, services and volunteer opportunities. For more information or to schedule a speaker, please contact Jen at JLKissel@nhco.org or 412-487-6316 opt 1 x 3112.

Vehicles Wanted

Your unwanted vehicle, no matter the condition, can help a low-income, working individual. Vehicles donated to Community Auto are repaired and sold below market value to local, working families who need them to get to work. Cars not suitable for repair are sold at auction and the money is used for the program. If you have a vehicle not worth the cost of repairs, or that sits unused, contact Community Auto, a program of North Hills Community Outreach, at 724-443-8300 or www.communityauto.org. FREE pickup, towing and notary.

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Pack 195 Pinewood Derby Race >PIX

The Pinewood Derby race is a Cub Scout tradition that is held annually.  Each scout designs and builds his car from a block of wood with the help of family. The cars race on a six lane track and are powered down the track by gravity.  Local Pack 195 held their annual race at St. Catherine’s of Sweden Church on Sunday, January 24.  The top finishers were Connor Sutterlin, Tiger Den 4; Alex Fulmer, Tiger Den 4; and Joey Nelson, Webelos Den 8.  All three boys went on to race at Regionals on March 6 at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, where they competed against other Cub Scout packs from Allegheny County.

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Business Ownership Workshop Scheduled

Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center is offering a FREE workshop for those interested in starting their own business. This 4-day training workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to:

•     Register a business

•     Write a business plan

•     Craft a marketing strategy

•     Create marketing materials

•     Understand social media

•     Prepare financial projections

•     Seek financing resources

•     Think like an entrepreneur

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 through Friday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce, 5000 Brooktree Rd. in Wexford (724-934-9700). For more information contact Doug Harding at 412.396.6084 or by email hardingd@duq.edu. Or for more details visit www.sbdc.duq.edu/tbo. The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and those who are thinking of starting a business in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Hampton Wrestlers Qualify for Championship

Four youth wrestlers from Hampton have qualified to represent Area 7 in the 2016 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Youth State Championship, held in Erie April 1-2. The qualifying wrestlers are Conrad Harold (11-12, 125 lbs.), Connor Cummins (11-12 yrs., 115 lbs), Kaden Hoolahan (9-10 yrs., 105 lbs) and Nicholas Gorman (9-10 yrs., 75 lbs). The PA State Qualifier was held at North Hills HS Saturday, March 19, with approximately 265 wrestlers participating. To qualify, wrestlers were required to finish first or second in their age/weight bracket.

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Colonial Tea at the Depreciation Lands Museum

The Colonial Tea on Sunday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. is a popular Spring event at the Museum. Visitors may choose to attend either the 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tea; they will be identical. Visitors will be treated to a variety of hot teas, scones, sandwiches, cakes and other 18th & 19th century goodies, served in the Museum’s 18th-century-style Tavern by gracious costumed servants. Guests are invited to enhance the festivities by attending in 18th century attire. NOTE: Pre-paid Reservations are required. Admission: $25.00 for Non-member Adults, $20.00 for Members, Children (under 12) and Senior citizens (65+). Visitors can register online or download a reservation form to mail.

The Bee Hive Bake Oven Class on Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is a popular program for guests who will have the opportunity to learn how to make an entire meal in a Bee Hive Bake Oven. You will learn to fire the oven, prepare a full meal, and to, of course, share the meal at the end of the day. The Classes are open to teens 14 and older, and adults interested in a hands-on class. Fee for this day-long class, including all materials is $45.00, and class size is limited to 6 participants. Pre-paid registration is required. Visitors can register online or  download a reservation form to mail.

The Depreciation Lands Museum is situated on peaceful wooded grounds that transport the visitor into an earlier time, with costumed demonstrators every Sunday afternoon during the season, May - October. The site includes the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, built in 1837, and the associated cemetery, the Armstrong log house, built in 1803, an herb garden, a replica school, circa 1885, working blacksmith shop, bee hive bake oven, smoke house and Tavern, an 18th-century-style gathering place. The Barn houses a Conestoga wagon, displays, workshop, and the Mercantile, a shop offering a wide variety of handmade and 18th-century items.

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