Briefs – Oct. 30

Published Oct 30, 2013 at 6:01 am (Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm)

WCCF holds Steelers ticket raffle

Washington County Community Foundation will raffle off four Steelers tickets and limousine service to and from Heinz Field for the Nov. 17 game against the Detroit Lions. Game tickets, donated by the Observer-Reporter, are in section 535, row F (at the 50-yard line).

Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winner will be determined by the first validated Pennsylvania Lottery number drawn at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. If the number drawn on this date is an unsold ticket, the winner will be determined by the next day’s 7 p.m. drawing until a winner is determined.

Proceeds from the raffle benefit the WCCF’s Acorn Fund, which makes grants to local charities. Purchase raffle tickets through WCCF Trustees or by contacting the Foundation at 724-222-6330 or

College financial aid night

The Peters Township Public Library will hold A college financial aid night at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Registration is necessary for this free program by emailing or call 724-941-9430.

High school parents and students will discover the ins and outs of the college financial aid process with a representative from the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Jayeann Harr will discuss the variety of methods to finance a college education, as well as looking at alternatives to the traditional college experience.

Election Day spaghetti dinner

Holy Rosary Parish in Muse will hold an Election Day spaghetti dinner noon - 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Pasta, meatball, salad, bread, dessert and beverage included. Take-outs available. Call ahead at 724-745-6211.

Election Day bake sale

Friends of the Community Library of Castle Shannon will hold an Election Day bake sale 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 5 on the lower level of the library. Baked donations will be accepted 1-9 p.m. Nov. 4 and on Election Day.

Town/outreach meeting in Cecil

Cecil Township Supervisors will hold a Town/Outreach Meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the meeting room of the Municipal Building, 3599 Millers Run Road, Cecil, to discuss issues important to the residents of the Cecil area, including Bishop, Venice, Montour, Southview, Gilmore, Gladden Heights, Jumbo and Turntable.

PPG gingerbread contest under way

PPG Place is accepting entries for its 11th Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition.

Houses are on display in the PPG Place Wintergarden from Nov. 22-Jan. 7, and donations are collected at the display for Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund.

For more information, visit, or contact Anita Falce at 412-434-1928 or

Furniture store announces closing

Colonial Modern Furniture has announced the closing of its Pittsburgh outlet store, 4921 Clairton Blvd. in the Baldwin-Whitehall area, due to the sale of the building. A store closing sale at that location began Oct. 17.

Colonial Modern Furniture’s flagship store, located at 2810 Washington Road, McMurray, will remain open and will host the biggest sale in its 52 year history.

A huge selection of product will be available during the Store Closing Sale, with discounts of up to 65 percent on Oriental rugs and 50 percent on accessories. Colonial Modern Furniture also will hold a Multimillion Dollar Inventory Sell-Off in its McMurray store.

For more information, visit

Be a Santa for seniors

This season, holiday shoppers in Southwest Allegheny and Washington counties can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The program, run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with other local organizations, retailers, volunteers and members of the community, helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays.

Christmas trees featuring ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests will be on display at local retailers Nov. 11-Dec. 9. Pick an ornament, buy the item(s) listed, and return the gift(s) unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be located at: Washington Crown Center, Washington; Oxford Management Company, 2000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park; Wonderous Luxuries, Lebanon Shops, Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Castle Shannon; Classics by Rene, 23A Old Clairton Rd.; Pleasant Hills Curves, South Park Road and Church Road, Bethel Park; Walgreens, Bethel Park; and Meals on Wheels of Peters Township, 245 E. McMurray Rd., Suite 1, McMurray.

The local Home Instead Senior Care office will enlist volunteers from its staff, senior-care business associates, non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to local seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

For more information, visit or call 412-595-7554.

Walnut Grill opens new location

Walnut Grill Holdings announced the opening of its new Walnut Grill restaurant in Bridgeville (Collier Township) on Oct. 17. The company’s fourth location, situated at 1595 Washington Pike in the former Damon’s restaurant, becomes the largest of the Walnut Grills, with approximately 7,300 square feet of interior space. Extensive renovation that began back in July included the addition of a new 2,000-square foot outdoor patio that includes a fire pit, multiple high definition TVs and its own bar.

For more information, visit To learn about food and drink specials, be sure to “like” the restaurant on Facebook at

ML bridal plans Veterans Day giveaway

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Koda Bridal in Mt. Lebanon will open its doors on a first-come, first-served basis for its Salute to Soldiers Bridal Giveaway. Over 40 bridal gowns in sizes 16-30 will be given away to women or their betrothed military personnel who have served in the military, have been deployed in the last five years, or are going to be deployed in the near future.

Participating ladies must meet certain criteria to qualify and must preregister online.

Other vendors will be on-site to make wedding planning easier.

Koda Bridal ( is a plus-size bridal store specializing in designer gowns. While any size can be ordered, Koda only stocks sizes 16-30 giving all brides the ability to try on a dress.

Historic Preservation Board has vacancy

Mt. Lebanon Commissioners are seeking applications from residents to fill an immediate vacancy on the historic preservation board. At least one more spot will be filled in March 2014.

Members serve three-year terms and are appointed “at large,” meaning they can live in any ward of the municipality. A background in community development, historic preservation, architecture, landscape design or real estate is helpful, but not required.

For an application, visit

The board meets at 5 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the municipal building. For more information, contact Susan Morgans, staff liaison, at 412-343-3780.

MDA offers help with flu vaccines

The Muscular Dystrophy Association offers assistance with the cost of flu vaccines for adults and children affected by neuromuscular disease, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Visit MDA’s Flu Season Resource Center to receive tips for flu prevention, what to do should infection occur, and how to obtain a vaccine through MDA.

The influenza vaccine for 2013-2014 will help protect against three viruses—influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses, as well as the common influenza B virus. Individuals affected by muscle disease can receive reimbursement, up to $35, for the cost of vaccines received from licensed health care professionals, including those located at retail pharmacies. MDA clinics may also offer flu shots in certain areas.

For more information, call 800-572-1717.

PSO seeks young composers

Submissions for composers to submit new works to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Annual Reading Session must be received no later than Nov. 8.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania at the time of submissions and in the early stages of their careers. Previous participants may not reapply and submitted works must not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra previously. Only one work per composer will be considered.

Submissions will be evaluated by 2013-14 Year of Pittsburgh Composers adviser David Stock and read by the PSO conducted by Leonard Slatkin on March 15, 2014. Following the session, which is free and open to the public, composers will receive feedback from a panel including Stock, Slatkin and the PSO musicians.

Selected works will be announced Dec. 6.

For complete eligibility details and submission guidelines, visit or call 412-392-4828.

Holiday bus tour of Capitol

State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, will sponsor his third annual holiday bus tour on Dec. 10.

Besides a tour of the Capitol, the trip also will feature a tour of the Governor’s Residence, lunch at the Capitol with Neuman, and a trip to Chocolate World in Hershey.

Cost is $65 and includes lunch and the Chocolate World tour. For more information or to register, call Neuman’s constituent service office at 724-743-7602.

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