County Line Church of the Brethren will hold a “Live Nativity” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. There will be a fire outside to roast hot dogs and food inside the fellowship hall. Donations will be accepted for the Spiritual Renewal Team and also a local charity.
Toys for Tots sign-up will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 State Route 711, Stahlstown. Bring your child’s Social Security card and proof of Westmoreland County assistance. For more information, call 724-593-7743.
There will be a Toy Bash Dec. 5 at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center. Doors open at noon. The bash will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5. See any fireman for tickets or call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902. The bash benefits Saltlick Township and Normalville Volunteer fire departments.
There will be a public open house held at Champion Christian School from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at both the North and South campuses. There also will be a kindergarten readiness workshop at the South Campus at 7 p.m. For more information, call 724-455-2122.
Come play Tuesday night bingo at the Normalville Volunteer Fire Department’s hall, 3387 Springfield Pike, starting at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Support clean water and a safe and healthy community. The Mountain Watershed Association is selling its yearly fundraising calendars. There are 365 chances to win with the lottery calendar, which would make a great gift for the holidays. The cost is $30. For more information, call 724-455-4200 or visit at www.mtwatershed.com . The association is also selling Sarris candy. If you are a business and would like a box to display in your business to help or if you’d just like to buy some candy for stocking stuffers, give the association a call.
The following are ICV Christian Family & Children’s Center bus trips:
• Nine spots are left for the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster to see “The Miracle of Christmas” on Dec. 1. Dinner at Hershey Farms included. Bus will leave Champion Christian School’s North Campus in Donegal at 7:30 a.m. for a 1 p.m. showing. Cost is $95 for ages 18 and older, $80 for ages 13 to 18; $68 for ages 3 to 12 . E-mail at [email protected] to reserve your spot or call 724-593-9200, ext. 100.
• Toby Mac and Skillet are coming to the Petersen Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland on Dec. 10. Bus leaves Champion Christian School’s North Campus in Donegal at 5 p.m. Group tickets plus bus ride are $30 each. E-mail interest to [email protected] or call 724-593-9200, ext. 103.
Anyone interested in seeing the Vatican artifacts in Pittsburghâ¢ This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these treasures. Call the ICV Christian Family & Children’s Center at 724-455-2122 and a trip may be arranged.
The Wellspring Church Blanket Them With Love homeless outreach was a great success. Thank you to all who donated. They will be making another trip Dec. 11 and are collecting warm winter clothes for the homeless in Pittsburgh. If you have items you would like to donate or if your church or group would like to be involved, call 724-961-8655.
Belated happy birthday wishes to Isaiah Edward Shawley, whose birthday was Nov. 14. He is the son of Edward and Jenny Shawley of Jim Mountain and grandson of James Edward Shawley of Mt. Pleasant, Patricia Barnhart of Connellsville and Donnie and Linda Stockton of Connellsville.
Last week’s trivia question was: What is the name of a local wild tuber food that sounds like it comes from the Middle Eastâ¢ Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Kathy Kacala and Jim Miller all called or e-mailed to answer. The answer is Jerusalem artichoke.
This week’s question is asked by Jim Shawley: What is one thing the pilgrims used as fertilizer when they first came over and planted crops?
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