Week of June 18

Published Jun 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm (Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm)

Costumed volunteers needed

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for photos for The Music of John Williams concert at 2:30 p.m. July 19 at Heinz Hall.

Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” or “Superman.” Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard at rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

Cap and gown collection

With the school year ending, students at Upper St. Clair High School have once again initiated their “Hand Me Gowns” project to collect used graduation caps and gowns (tassels are not needed), which will be donated to surrounding school districts that cannot afford to purchase them for their students. In past years, USC students have collected hundreds of caps and gowns in all colors and sizes.

Items may be dropped off in the high school's main office until June 30. For more information, email Madi Shogry at handmegowns@gmail.com.

BVRS seeks teen volunteers

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) is in need of teenage volunteers for its summer youth program, which takes place June 30-Aug. 1. Helps young adults who are blind or vision impaired prepare for college or a career, accompany students to places like Kennywood, Pirate baseball games, Sandcastle and Camp Kon-O-Kwee, or just spend time with them in the evening. Flexible schedules. Training provided.

For more information, contact Nancy Schepis, volunteer coordinator, at 412-368-4400 ext. 3430, or nschepis@pghvis.org.

Lens on Litter photo contest

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) announces its annual Lens on Litter Photo Contest. Use a camera, iPAD or iPhone to identify the worst examples of litter in your community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two classes – school age children and adults. Six prizes, three to each group, will be awarded with first place winners receiving $1,000 in cash, second place $500 and third place $250. The contest identifies sites, which PRC then targets for clean up through local action.

Entries (limit three per person) may be emailed to lensonlitter@prc.org or mailed to Pennsylvania Resources Council, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. All entries must contain the following information: entrant's name, address, telephone number, title given to photo, and location of litter site. If a school age child, the school grade and school name must be provided. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of PRC.

Deadline to enter is Oct. 31. For more information, call the PRC at 1-610-353-1555 or email Capaldi@prc.org.

Drive for the Kids

South Hills Chrysler Jeep in McMurray helped raise $860 in funding for Central Christian School with Chrysler brand's Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was held on May 3, in conjunction with the Fundraiser Auction.

Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school on their behalf from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a 2014 model Town & Country minivan as well as other Chrysler vehicles made available for test drives thanks to South Hills Chrysler Jeep.

At the conclusion of 2014 program, the school with the highest number of test drives in each one of the five geographic regions (Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Central, and West) will win an additional $5,000, for a total of $25,000 in additional funding from Chrysler through the Drive for the Kids program.

For more information, visit www.drive4kids.com.

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