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Cocktail parties at Phipps

| Thursday, July 27, 2006 12:00 a.m

Phipps “Garden Groove” is the city’s newest weekly cocktail party, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning today at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Schenley Park, Oakland. The event — which costs $20 a person — will be held through Aug. 24 in the Outdoor Garden.

Admission includes three drinks (choice of cocktail of the month, microbrews or wine), hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by area disc jockeys.

Details: 412-622-6915

Wine benefit at Carlton

The Carlton restaurant, One Mellon Bank Center, 500 Grant St. (Fifth Avenue), Downtown is the setting for the third annual “Amy’s Army Wine Dinner & Auction” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25. The event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the search for a stem cell donor to help 13-year-old Pittsburgh-area resident Amy Katz, who has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. A five-course meal with eight wines, including assorted hors d’oeuvres, will be offered for $149 per person. Amy’s uncle, Peter Katz, has selected and will present the wines. The evening includes a champagne reception and silent auction.

Diners can book rooms at the Marriott City Center that weekend for $49 a night by calling 412-471-4000 or 800-627-7468 and asking for the Amy’s Army group rate.

Checks for the dinner, payable to Amy’s Army, can be sent to Peter Katz, 1116 Rural Ridge Drive, Cheswick, PA 15024.

Details: 412-523-0185.

Weekends in Ohio

Wine-and cheese-weekends are being offered at The White Oak Inn in Danville, Ohio. Innkeepers Yvonne and Ian Martin have scheduled the packages for Aug. 18-19, Sept. 15-16, Nov. 3-4 and Dec. 8-9. For $359-$499 per couple, the weekends include a two-night stay, dinner on both nights, wine and cheese tasting, a self-guided tour of nearby wineries and cheese factories, and Sunday breakfast.

The packages also are offered at any time for groups of four to 12 couples. Details: 877-908-5923, or e-mail .

Training camp excursion

DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, is hosting the “Steelers Train to Training Camp” while the Pittsburgh Steelers are working out for the 2006-2007 season at nearby St. Vincent College. The train, the Pennsylvanian 42, will leave the Amtrak station in Pittsburgh at 7:20 a.m. each day and arrive between 9-10 a.m. for a breakfast buffet at DiSalvo’s, under the train tracks at the Latrobe stop. Between noon and 12:30 p.m., the restaurant will provide a shuttle bus to Steelers camp, along with an Italian panini box lunch and refreshments. That trip is about eight minutes. At 4:30 p.m., participants will be driven back to DiSalvo’s to pick up the 5:40 p.m. train returning to Pittsburgh.

Breakfast, lunch and the shuttle is $30 inclusive for adults and children. Tickets for the round-trip train are $16, $8 plus tax for children younger than 14.

The restaurant anticipates offering the service on selected Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until training camp ends in August.

Details: 724-539-0500, or e-mail .

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