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The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents the holiday classic “The Nutcracker Ballet,” featuring the Laurel Ballet at 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Palace Theater in Greensburg. Among the six guest artists this year are: Alan Obozor and Damiem Martinez, former dancers from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and returning soloists Hector Santos and Juraj Adamek, formerly of the Tamburizans.

This year’s production features new sets and choreography as well as the talents of regional ballerinas in a presentation that is, for many, a traditional way to begin the holiday season.

Guest Conductor Thomas Hong, who is the assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, will conduct these performances. Thomas is also a candidate for the music director position of the WSO. His audition concert is April 16, 2011 at the Palace Theatre.

Ticket prices are $30, $22, $16 and $10 and may be purchased at or by calling 724-836-8000. Group rates are available.

Butler Symphony schedules concert

The Butler County Symphony Orchestra concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler will feature an unusual ensemble of eight harps. The theme for this 62nd season is “Images” and is focused on “Visions of Sugar Plums.”

HarpFx is a group of eight adult and student musicians, ranging in age from 9-50, who play the harp. Comprised of students and former students of Julia Ann Scott, the group plays throughout Western Pennsylvania. Scott, principal harpist of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, and Craig Johnson, former principal flutist of the Butler Symphony, have performed together since 1996, formed the group in early 2010 in order to bring the art of the harp ensemble more into public view.

With the orchestra, the group will play Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Alone, they will also play a medley of carols.

The orchestra will play the Richman’s Hanukkah Festival Overture, Charlie Brown Christmas Medley, the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah, and Anderson’s Sleighride.

Reserved seat tickets are available at the Butler County Symphony Association office, 259 S. Main St., Butler. Adult ticket prices are $22 in advance and $25 at the door on concert night. Students tickets are $5. For information, call 724-283-1402 or visit the website at .

Armstrong Concert Band to perform

The Armstrong Concert Band will present a concert of music for the Christmas season from 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the social hall of the West Kittanning fire hall, West Kittanning. Seating will be provided and admission is free.

Dayton church holds hunters’ breakfast

The Dayton United Methodist Church will hold its annual Hunters’ Breakfast Monday at the Christian Life Center of the church, 105 East Church Ave., Dayton. Doors open at 4:30 a.m. close at 8:30 a.m. and cost is $5 for all you can eat. Menu includes pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, toast and coffee. Diners may fill up their thermos at no extra cost. Questions may be directed to the office at 814-257-8951 or email at [email protected] .

FC Library seeks old-fashioned ornaments

The Ford City Public Library is in need of old fashioned ornaments to display in a locked glass cabinet over the holiday season. Anyone with old holiday trimmings is asked to contact the library at 724-763-3591.

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